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Dec 16, 2014

12:16:31 GMT--Terror Attack - Asia - Pakistan



EDIS Number: VW-20141216-46346-PAK

Date / time: 16/12/2014 12:15:24 [UTC]

Event: Terror Attack

Area: Asia

Country: Pakistan

State/County: State of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Location: Peshawar [Army Public School]

Number of Deads: 126 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Large



Description:



At least 126 people, mostly children, have been killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials say. Five or six militants are said to have entered the building. Five are reported to have been killed, at least one of them in a suicide blast. The army says most of the 500 students have been evacuated. It is not clear if any are still inside. The attack is being seen as one of the worst-ever in Pakistan. The BBC's Shahzeb Jillani in Karachi says the militants appear to have been intent on killing as many students as possible - rather than taking hostages, as initially thought. Thousands of Pakistanis have been killed in militant violence in recent years - but the latest attack has caused unprecedented shock. A spokesman for the militants told BBC Urdu that the school had been targeted in response to army operations. Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent military offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.




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