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MHA asks states to beef up security at schools, malls after Peshawar massacre

Dec 17, 2014 12:26 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: A day after barbaric terror attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued advisory to states asking them to beef up security at schools and malls.

On Tuesday, 133 children and nine staff members were killed after Tehreek-e-Taliban gunmen broke into the Army Public School of Peshawar and opened fire in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

All nine terrorists were killed and the total death toll now stands at 151. The seige started around 11 AM (Pakistan time) and lasted eight hours.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan said that this was a revenge attack against army operations in North Waziristan. Terrorists specifically targetted children who had connections with the army. The children were shot in the head and chest and many were used as human shields by the terrorists.

The MHA has also issued advisory against 'lone wolf' after 50-year-old Man Haron Monis held nearly 50 people hostage in Lindt cafe in Sydney, Australia, on Monday. Three people including the gunman were killed in the incident.