10 killed, 28 injured in attack – on Peshawar school
PESHAWAR, Dec 16 (Online): Ten people inlcuding students were killed while 28 others sustained injuries when unidentified armed men opened fire on a private school in Peshawar on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses say five to six men entered the Army Public School building, which is located on Warsak Road near Army Housing Colony and a medical school, and opened fire. Students hid under their desks and later moved to a safer location from where they were rescued by security officials.
Lady Reading Hospital spokesperson has confirmed the number of casualties and an emergency has been declared at the Hospital.
While many of the injured have also been shifted to Combined Military Hospital.
According to ISPR, Rescue operation by troops is underway as exchange of fire continues.
A large number of students and staff have been evacuated.
Further, according to reports, some children and teachers have been killed by the militants.
Security officials say there are at least 6 attackers inside the building and reportedly have suicide jackets with them.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack and said those behind the heinous act will not be spared.
ANP leader Zahid Khan and PTI Chief Imran Khan have also condemned the attack and called it a barbaric attack and said these attackers follow no religion.
Militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for attack.
“Our people successfully entered the army school in Peshawar this morning. We are giving them direct instructions to not harm minors,” TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani told media outlets.
“Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Operation Khyber-I forced us to take such an extreme step,” he said.