New Age Islam
Wed Oct 21 2020, 05:58 PM

Current Affairs ( 15 Dec 2014, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Carnage in Pakistan School As Taliban Attack Kills 160

 

By New Age Islam News Bureau

16 December 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Stories:

Malala 'Heartbroken' By Pakistan School Slayings

We Targeted School in Revenge for Military Attacks: Pak Taliban

Pakistan Pm Nawaz Sharif Heads to Peshawar, Calls the Attack a 'National Tragedy'

India Condemns Terror Attack on Children in Pakistan

Indian Pm Narendra Modi Condemns Peshawar Terror Attack

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh Condemns Terror Attack In Peshawar School

Peshawar Terror Attack: Kailash Satyarthi Urges Taliban To Release Captive Children

Four Militants Killed So Far: ISPR

Attack On School Failure Of Pakhtunkhwa Govt: ANP Leaders

Islamic Extremists Do Not Favour Children, Says Counter-Terrorism Expert

 

Carnage in Pakistan School As Taliban Attack Kills 160

PTI | Dec 16, 2014

PESHAWAR: In the bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan in years, at least 160 people, mostly children, were on Tuesday killed by heavily-armed Taliban suicide bombers who stormed an army-run school here and took several hostages, a throwback to the 2004 Beslan school siege by Chechen rebels.

A group of 8 Arabic-speaking attackers, wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms, entered the Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10.30am (local time) and started the massacre of innocents, spraying bullets indiscriminately, going from classroom-to-classroom.

They also took several hostages using them as human shield. The death toll in the attack has reached 160 with a majority of them being students, official sources told PTI. At least 122 others have been injured.

They said that so far six militants have died — four of them blew themselves up while two were shot dead by security forces.

20 teachers, including the principal, and 34 students are hostages and the operation is continuing, an official of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak's office said.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the worst in recent years.

The Taliban spokesman claimed that its 6 suicide bombers attacked army school, saying it was a revenge for the army's operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar.

"We want them to feel our pain," the spokesman said. World leaders united in condemning the attack as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed it a "national tragedy" and chaired a security meeting in Peshawar where he was briefed about the attack and operation.

Sharif reiterated that military operation 'Zarb-e-azab' to flush out terrorists from the country's tribal belt will continue.

"It's a sheer act of cowardice...the country should unite to combat terrorism," he added.

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also reached Peshawar to monitor the situation.

In one of the most gruesome attacks in recent years against children anywhere in the world, the militants went from classroom-to-classroom shooting indiscriminately at the shocked students, eyewitnesses told local media.

One rescued student told reporters that the attackers had long beards and they were wearing 'Shalwar Qameez'.

He said they were speaking Arabic and looked like foreigners.

In the incident in Beslan in North Ossetia, Russia, at least 32 armed individuals stormed a school and took more than 1,000 hostages, majority of them children. Over 330 people, mostly children, were killed in the assault.

About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside the school when the attack started.

Mushtaq Ghani, provincial information minister, said the militants entered through a graveyard which is adjacent to the school.

The school is close to Saint Mary High School which has also been under threat since the last couple of days.

A heavy contingent of police and security forces have blocked the roads leading to the school, taking control of the entire area.

In a brief statement, the army said: "Rescue operation by troops underway. Exchange of fire continues. Bulk of student and staff evacuated."

The army had launched the massive military operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' in June following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and the failure of peace talks between the government and the Taliban negotiators.

The military has said more than 1,300 militants have been killed during the operation in North Waziristan and adjacent tribal region and it will continue till militancy was completely wiped out of Pakistan.

Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, whose party rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, termed the attack as an act of "barbarism".

In the wake of the attack, Khan postponed his plan to shut down the entire country that was planned for December 18.

Shagufta, who lives near the school, told Geo TV that she heard two explosions, a smaller one followed by a huge bang.

A student who identified himself as Shuja told Samaa TV that they were taking examination when firing started.

They were told by the teacher to lie down on the floor. He said they remained on floor for about one hour when army soldiers came and told them to go out.

Several students escaped through the back gate. One of students who escaped told Dunya TV that fourth period was in progress when they heard firing.

"First we didn't know what has happened. But late an army officer told us to escape through back gate," he said.

A welcome ceremony planned in Lahore for the hockey team which won silver medal in the champion trophy in India has been postponed.

Pakistan Hockey Federation said that the ceremony would be held at a future suitable time.

Defence minister Khawaja Asif said in a statement, "We are deeply fragmented today as a nation. For the sake of the children martyred today and our children fighting the enemy for our existence, we must have one message for the enemy (that) we shall overcome inshallah and rid our land of this scourge. Zarb-e-Azb to continue with full force and (our) Armed forces remain undeterred."

Stay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Carnage-in-Pakistan-school-as-Taliban-attack-kills-160/articleshow/45537230.cms

------

Malala 'Heartbroken' By Pakistan School Slayings

AFP | Dec 16, 2014

LONDON: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing of scores of children by Taliban militants Tuesday in Pakistan.

At least 130 people, most of them children, were killed when gunmen stormed an army-run school in Pakistan's north-western city of Peshawar in an act that drew swift global condemnation.

"I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this," Malala said in a statement.

"I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable."

Seventeen-year-old Malala, who now lives in Britain, became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in her native Pakistan in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack as retaliation for a major military offensive in the region, saying militants had been ordered to shoot older students.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Malala-heartbroken-by-Pakistan-school-slayings/articleshow/45537005.cms

-----

We Targeted School In Revenge For Military Attacks: Pak Taliban

TNN | Dec 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban attacked a military-run school on Tuesday, killing about 100 students, because they wanted revenge for the Pakistani military targeting their own families, a spokesman said.

"We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females," said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani. "We want them to feel the pain."

Gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in a school in the north-western city of Peshawar, military officials at the scene said.

At least six men have been reported to enter the Army Public School which, reportedly, had almost 800 students at the time of their entry. Few of them were rescued and taken out by an ambulance.

The gunmen reportedly opened fire on the students and teachers. Hospital sources say that four children have been killed. The local channels claim that there are suicide bombers also among the attackers.

A Reuters journalist at the scene could hear heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it. Military officials said about 500 students and teachers were believed to be still inside.

(With inputs from Reuters)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/We-targeted-school-in-revenge-for-military-attacks-Pak-Taliban/articleshow/45534346.cms

-----------

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Heads To Peshawar, Calls The Attack A 'National Tragedy'

TNN | Dec 16, 2014

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called the attack on the schoolchildren in Peshawar a 'national tragedy'.

The Pakistan Prime Minister is heading for Peshawar to supervise the operations personally.

"I have decided to proceed to Peshawar and I will supervise the operation my self. These are my children and it is my loss," Sharif said.

Over 100 people have been killed in the attack on the army school in Pakistan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-PM-Nawaz-Sharif-heads-to-Peshawar-calls-the-attack-a-national-tragedy/articleshow/45534367.cms

-----------

India Condemns Terror Attack On Children In Pakistan

IANS | Dec 16, 2014

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday condemned the attack on innocent school children in Peshawar, terming it horrific.

"We condemn horrific attack on innocent school children in Peshawar," Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of external affairs ministry said in a tweet.

About 100 children were killed when heavily armed terrorists launched a brazen attack on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-condemns-terror-attack-on-children-in-Pakistan/articleshow/45534571.cms

--------

Indian PM Narendra Modi Condemns Peshawar Terror Attack

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned the dastardly terrorist attack at an Army school in Pakistan's Peshawar, in which 126 people are reported to have been killed, majority of them children.

Condemning the attack, PM Modi said “it is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings”.

PM tweeted:

Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 16, 2014

It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 16, 2014

My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain & offer our deepest condolences.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 16, 2014

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-narendra-modi-condemns-peshawar-terror-attack_1515693.html

--------

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh Condemns Terror Attack in Peshawar School

December 16, 2014

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday condemned terrorist strike at a school in Pakistan saying the inhuman attack exposes the real face of terrorism.

"I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on a school at Peshawar (Pakistan). This dastardly and inhuman attack exposes the real face of terrorism," Singh said in a statement.

Expressing his condolence to the families of the terror attack victims, the Home Minister said his heart goes out to the families of those children who were killed by the terrorists in Peshawar.

At least 84 students were among more than 100 people killed today when heavily-armed Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city and opened indiscriminate fire on them.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/home-minister-rajnath-singh-condemns-terror-attack-in-peshawar-school_1515695.html

-----------

Peshawar Terror Attack: Kailash Satyarthi Urges Taliban to Release Captive Children

December 16, 2014

Delhi: Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winner Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday appealed to the Taliban suicide attackers to release the children who were held captive in a school in Peshawar.

He said as per ANI, “Let them kill me but release the kids who are still stuck there.”

Satyarthi also condemned the attackers and said, “They who have done this are an enemy of Allah, humanity and you and me.”

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai - an Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim 'champions of peace' – recently received the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent.

Over 130, mostly students among them, were killed today when heavily-armed Arabic speaking Taliban suicide attackers stormed an Army-run school, shooting from classroom-to-classroom and taking several hostages using them as human shield in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city.

A group of 8-10 suicide attackers wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms entered Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10.30 (local time) and started indiscriminate firing, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said, as per PTI.

In one of the most gruesome attacks in recent years against children anywhere in the world, the militants went from classroom-to-classroom shooting indiscriminately at the shocked students, eyewitnesses told local media.

One rescued student told reporters that the attackers had long beards and they were wearing 'Shalwar Qameez'.

He said they were speaking Arabic and looked foreigners.

The attackers are also holding several students as hostages using them as human shields to prevent army from storming the building. Official sources said the toll could go up.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and termed it a "national tragedy." He has reached Peshawar to personally monitor the operation. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif has also rushed to Peshawar from Quetta.

Mushtaq Ghani, provincial information minister, said the militants entered through a graveyard which is adjacent to the school, called Army Public School.

The school is close to Saint Mary High School located at the start of Warsak Road which was also under threat for last couple of days.

In a brief statement, the Army said: "Rescue operation by troops underway. Exchange of fire continues. Bulk of student and staff evacuated. Reports of some children and teachers killed by terrorist."

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman claimed that its six suicide bombers attacked army school, saying it was a revenge for the Army's operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar.

"We want them to feel our pain," the spokesman

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/peshawar-terror-attack-kailash-satyarthi-urges-taliban-to-release-captive-children_1515724.html

---------

Four Militants Killed So Far: ISPR

16 December 2014

RAWALPINDI – Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa on Tuesday said that the four militants responsible for attack at a school in Peshawar, has been killed so far.

In his ‘Tweet’ he informed that search for remaining is in progress. He said that militants has been pushed and confined to last of four blocks of school building and added, clearance is underway. Earlier, the ISPR DG along with the Peshawar corps commander took aerial view of the school which was attacked by militants on Tuesday morning.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/16-Dec-2014/four-militants-killed-so-far-ispr

-----------

Attack On School Failure Of Pakhtunkhwa Govt: ANP Leaders

16 December 2014

PESHAWAR - Awami National Party Leaders Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and former minister for environment Wajid Ali Khan here on Tuesday termed attack on students at Army Public School as failure of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

They urged the PTI Chairman Imran Khan to focus on law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa instead of aimless sit-ins politics. Talking to journalists at Lady Reading Hospital after enquiring health of injured, they said that it was a time to share the grief and sorrow through which the victim’s families are passing. They demanded compensation for victims’ families and arrest of culprits.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/16-Dec-2014/attack-on-school-failure-of-pakhtunkhwa-govt-anp-leaders

-----------

Islamic Extremists Do Not Favour Children, Says Counter-Terrorism Expert

December 16, 2014

New Delhi: Counter-terrorism expert Ajay Sahni on Tuesday said that while carrying out attacks, Islamic extremists do not distinguish between children and adults, adding that incidents of terror are on the rise in Pakistan.

Sahni was reacting to the ongoing attack on Peshawar's Army Public School by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), that has reportedly led to the death of close to 100 children, with a further 40 wounded.

"The TTP and the Islamist extremists make no distinction. They do not discriminate in favour of women and children," Sahni told a news agency.

Sahni also opined that acts of terror are steadily on the rise in Pakistan, adding that over 5,000 people have already lost their lives through terrorism in 2014.

"More than 5,000 people have already died in terrorist-related incidents in this year alone. In 2010 more than 11,500 people died in a single year. This is not an exceptional incident," he added.

According to reports, at least six terrorists have stormed the Peshawar school after scaling its walls. One of the militants reportedly blew himself up. Around 500 students and teachers are believed to be still inside the school.

A strong contingent of police and security forces reached the spot and blocked the area as the operation took place. The police has also reportedly surrounded the school perimeter.

Meanwhile, TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani has said that the attackers were instructed to target the older students but not the younger ones.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/islamic-extremists-do-not-favour-children-says-counter-terrorism-expert_1515690.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/current-affairs/new-age-islam-news-bureau/carnage-in-pakistan-school-as-taliban-attack-kills-160/d/100506

 

Loading..

Loading..