Heavily armed gunmen stormed into a military-run school in Pakistani city of Peshawar today, killing at least 145 teachers and schoolchildren in one of the biggest human tragedies in the country’s history. The siege of the school continued for eight hours, with terrorists fighting security forces, and a large number of students trapped inside the school compound, before the last of the attackers was killed.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said the group was responsible for the attack and said it was I retaliation for the military’s offensive against them in North Waziristan. The attackers opened fire on students with guns and grenades. Some students managed to flee. (The New York Times, 16 December)Photo credit: Panic-stricken pupils in green sweaters and blazers, the school uniform, evacuated from the school compound. Peshawar, 16 December 2014 (NYTimes)