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Pakistan Taliban kills 110 students in an attack on Peshawar school, death toll 131

Security forces surrounded the Army Public School & College soon after six terrorists of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan stormed the campus on Tuesday morning.

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Updated:December 16, 2014, 12:28 PM IST
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Pakistan Taliban kills 110 students in an attack on Peshawar school, death toll 131
Security forces surrounded the Army Public School & College soon after six terrorists of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan stormed the campus on Tuesday morning.

Peshawar: At least 131 people, a majority of them school students, have been killed by Tehreek-e-Taliban terrorists in an attack on the Army Public School and College in Paksitan's Peshawar. Security forces surrounded the Army Public School & College soon after six terrorists of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan stormed the campus on Tuesday morning. Four of them have been gunned down by security forces and one who was a suicide bomber blew himself.

Those killed include 110 students, some teachers and Army soldiers. All the injured have been admitted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

About 500 students and teachers are believed to have been taken hostage by the terrorists who have taken them to the school auditorium.

The terror group claimed that all the terrorists are on a suicide mission. "They include target killers and suicide attackers. They have been ordered to shoot the older students but not the children," said TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani. It has called it a revenge attack to Army offensive in North Waziristan.

Eyewitnesses say the armed gunmen entered classes and started firing indiscriminately. According to reports, security personnel have been able to rescue four children.

One of the students who managed to escape from the school said, "We heard gunshots, teacher asked us not to be afraid as it was regular drills. But then we heard more firing and an Army man came and told us that around 7-8 terrorists have attacked us. We were rescued from the back gate."

Pakistani security forces have cordoned off the school and gunbattle is on with the terrorists.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed all civil and military security agencies to rescue every one from the school safely.####

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