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Pakistan: a tale of carnage at least 141 dead in a school in Peshawar

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Pakistan: a tale of carnage at least 141 dead in a school in Peshawar



Men carry a student injured in an attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan on 16 December 2014.

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Carnage. A Taliban commandos attacked Tuesday a welcoming school many children soldiers in Peshawar, the main city in northwestern Pakistan. At least 141 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were killed. This attack, the bloodiest in the history of the country, was completed until early afternoon. 124 people, including 121 children, were also injured.

What has happened? According to the first elements of the investigation, the attack began around 10:30 am (6:30 am French time). Six Taliban disguised as soldiers stormed a school located in the suburbs of the city and at the edge of the tribal areas. According to several witnesses, the attackers were immediately directed to the classroom by firing shots in this inviting 500 children aged 10 to 20 years.

The Taliban Movement of Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in stride. "We have carried out the attack after a survey that indicated that children of several top military officials are studying in this school, said a spokesman for the TTP. We want to live their suffering, how it is terrible to see a loved one being killed. Their families will also mourn their dead as we have done. "



Witnesses said the attackers went from class to class to shoot children, and at least one detonated the bomb he was carrying. Pakistani soldiers were engaged in intense fighting to take down the kidnappers. Around 17:30 (1:30 p.m. in France), the death of six terrorists was confirmed. After securing the scene, police announced at 14:15 the end of the attack and the death of all attackers.

According to Gen. Asim Bajwa, "the terrorists began firing randomly as they entered the school, and therefore had no intention of hostages." The attackers "were all wearing suicide vests (barded explosives) and ammunition and food for several days," he added in a press conference, stating not know how many were killed by security forces order and how many were detonated.

The first evidence are frightening. Having once opened fire, "one of the Taliban shouted: 'there is a lot of children hidden under the benches, get them' (to run), told, Shahrukh Khan, a young survivor bedridden Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar. "Someone once shouted to bed on the floor and hide under the desks," said the young man of 16, came to attend training on the choice of career in the auditorium of the school, attended by young people from 10 to 20 years.



It is by the death Shahrukh giant of nearly two meters, managed to survive. An insurgent bullets shot him in both legs just above the knees. The teenager is bitten pain. "I rolled my tie, and put it in my mouth to keep from screaming. The man with big boots, he continued to students bullets screened. And I was lying on the ground, eyes closed, waiting to be shot again, "he confided.

After the departure of the attackers, "I lay on the floor a few minutes. Then I tried to get up but I immediately fell because of my injury, told Shahrukh. I crawled into the classroom next. It was horrible! The office assistant was there, sitting in his chair, the body dripping with blood and burning. " He then lost consciousness, only regaining his senses at the hospital.



Denouncing the "national tragedy" caused by "wild", Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to go there, a rare thing in this country used to the rebel attacks. "These children are my children, the country is in mourning and I am in mourning," he added. The Nobel Peace Prize 2014, Malala Yousafzai, who narrowly survived an assassination attempt in 2012, the TTP, said from Britain, where she lives, have "heart broken by this senseless act of terror committed in cold blood in Peshawar. "

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