PESHAWAR: Taliban militants have entered an army-run school on Warsak road, taking students and teachers hostage.
- Five to six terrorists have entered the Army Public School
- 18 including 15 children killed, scores injured
- Evacuation is underway
- About 500 students and teachers are believed to be inside
1:10pm – 18 dead: hospital
Mudassir from the emergency ward at the Lady reading Hospital tells Dawn that 18 people have been killed. A hospital source confirms that 15 children are dead, while nine are critically injured.
Lady Reading Hospital is the sole facility to provide treatment to victims of bomb blasts, traumatic incidents and tribal clashes that occur in KP, FATA, & Afghanistan.
1:07pm – ‘Revenge for N Waziristan’
A TTP spokesman tells Reuters, “It’s a revenge attack for the army offensive in North Waziristan.”
1:05pm – Two teachers injured
The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar says there are two male teachers among the 28 injured being treated.
“Many are in the operation theatre now in critical condition, undergoing treatment,” said hospital official Ejaz Khan.
The school on Peshawar’s Warsak Road is part of the Army Public Schools and Colleges System, which runs 146 schools nationwide for the children of military personnel and civilians. Its students range in age from around 10 to 18.
The schools educate the children of both officers and non-commissioned soldiers and army wives often teach in them.
1:05pm – Militants struck during exam
A teacher tells Reuters that the attackers targeted the school while exams were taking place.
“After half an hour of the attack, the army came and sealed the school,” a teacher told a private television channel outside the besieged school.
“We were in the examination hall when the attack took place,” he said. “Now the army men are clearing the classes one by one.”