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What started as a normal day for school kids ended with a massacre on 16 December 2014. The Army Public School in the city of Peshawar became the target of the Taliban militants. They stormed into the school and mercilessly killed scores of students aged between eight and eighteen years of age. 141 lives were lost out of which 132 were school children and the remaining 9 were the staff members of the school.

This school is part of the Army Public Schools and College Systems and it is located at Warsak Road in the vicinity of the Peshawar Cantt. The attack happened at around 10:00 a.m. Around six to seven gunmen dressed in the attire of Pakistani paramilitary force, the Frontier Corps entered the school premise through a cemetery.. The terrorists were carrying automatic weapons. They first moved towards the school auditorium and began firing indiscriminately at children who were gathered there.

The Taliban militants screamed “God is Great” before they stormed through and fired aimlessly. They had no intention of taking captives and their sole motive was to kill as many students as possible. Many of them tried to escape while many lay wounded and dying. Some of the students were hiding under the benches. According to some reports, some students were forced to witness the harrowing scene of teachers being burned alive.

Within 10-15 minutes, the Army’s QRC and SSG teams rushed into the school premise from two sides and immediately got into action.. The military police corps and the civilian police did their best to prevent any terrorists from escaping. The eight-hour rescue operation ended with all the attackers killed and 960 people rescued. Around 130 people were said to have been injured in the attack.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. They said the attack was a revenge for the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the Pakistani army offensive in North Waziristan that began in the summer of 2014. As per the words of the TTP spokesman Muhammad Omar Khorasani "we targeted the school because the army targets our families. We want them to feel our pain.”

The attack is no doubt the deadliest in the history of Pakistan. Scores of survivors are still undergoing treatment in the hospitals.

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