Early Tuesday morning, before alarms went off and people had to start their daily rountines for the day, news struck that several gunmen stormed into military a school in Pakistan and opened fire. At the time, reports were sketchy but so far this is what news media outlets are reporting:
- There has been 141 casualties, and out of them are 132 children
- The gunmen wore military outfits from the school, in order to gain access into the school
- All seven of of the gunmen are dead
- Taliban is taking full responsibility for the attack
It's unsure why the Taliban gunmen went into the school but it is very clearly that this was an act of terrorist, and also an act of cowardice to hurt innocent children.
Around 9:30am, the 'Associated Press' reported the seige was over at the military school in Pakistan. And sweeps were done to make sure all the attackers were accountable and detained.
President Obama issued a statement following the incident below.
"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region."
Taliban leaders reached out to the media and tried to rationale why the children were attacked and calling today's incident a trailer of what's to come. But according to 'ABC News' in a tweet from Twitter, Taliban soldiers from Pakistan are prohibited from attacking children, as stated below:
Afghan Taliban condemns Pakistani Taliban's attack on school: ''Killing innocent children is against the principals of Afghan Taliban."
Today's tragic incident at the Pakistan's school is being called the worst in Pakistan history. One of the students explained to reporters from 'AFP,' how he had to play dead after being shot in the legs twice. That was the only way to guarantee his survival.
Prayers, light and healing to those children affected by the attack on them in Pakistan.