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Pakistani forces reclaim school after ‘horrific’ Taliban attack kills at least 141

From Tim Craig, The Washington Post
A plainclothes security officer escorts students evacuated from a school as Taliban fighters attack another school nearby in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in over a year.© Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo A plainclothes security officer escorts students evacuated from a school as Taliban fighters attack another school nearby in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school…ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Taliban gunmen disguised as soldiers stormed an elite army high school Tuesday, killing at least 141 people — nearly all students — in carnage that brought world condemnation and defiant calls from Pakistan’s leaders to strike back harder against Islamist militants.After a nearly nine-hour battle in Peshawar — in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border — police officials said the siege was over and all seven militants had been killed.Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, an army spokesman, said the death toll included 132 students and nine teachers or staff members.The attackers, Bajwa said, sought “to inflict maximum harm” and took no hostages.

Hundreds of people were wounded, some seriously. It was possible the death toll could rise.

Pakistani soldiers transport rescued school children from the site of an attackTaliban attack school in Pakistan



Army convoys drove from the scene even as families wept on the streets or carried hastily made plywood coffins to a hospital filled with the dead, many still wearing their green school blazers and sweaters.

The carnage struck at the heart of Pakistan’s military, one of the nation’s most highly respected institutions, which is seen as the guardian of stability in a turbulent region and an important bridge between Pakistan and Western allies such as the United States.

In June, Pakistan’s army launched a major operation against Islamist militants in the country’s restive tribal areas. Since then, the number of attacks inside the country has sharply declined, but the Pakistani Taliban had been warning for months that it would retaliate.

The decision to target students brought a wave of condemnation and disgust from across the world — similar in ways to the outrage after a Taliban gunman shot Pakistan student activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012.



“I am heartbroken,” the 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said in a statement just hours after the Peshawar attack.

“But we will never be defeated,” she added.

In a statement, the Pakistani Taliban took credit for the attack, saying it was to avenge the Pakistan military operation in North Waziristan. The Taliban said six militants, including three suicide bombers, carried out the assault.

The tally of the “dead received” at Lady Reading Hospital showed how the young paid the heaviest price. Some of the dead were instructors in their 20s and 30s. But they were far outnumbered by student names and ages: 14, 15, 13.

“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he collected the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah, according to the Associated Press. “My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”

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