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141 killed, 133 injured in Pakistan's Peshawar school attack
December 17,2014   By:Xinhua

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 17,2014-- At least 141 people including 132 children were killed and 133 others injured on Tuesday in a terrorist attack at the army-run public school at the Pakistan's northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, said a spokesman of the Pakistani army.

Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), army's mouth piece, General Asim Saleem Bajwa told a press conference in Peshawar on Tuesday night that the security personnel had completed the operation against the militants that killed 141 people, including 132 children and nine school staff members.

DG ISPR Bajwa said that 133 people were also injured in the attack and they include 121 students, three staff members and nine army personnel including two officers.

He said the operation against the militants had completed after nearly 10 hours of exchange of fire and all the seven militants involved in the attack were killed.

The deadly attack took place at about 10:30 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday morning when the heavily armed militants dressed in army uniforms stormed the school located on Warsak Road in downtown Peshawar, capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The school, which is run by the army, mainly provides education for children aged from 9 to 17 from the army families.

The attackers reached near the school in a Suzuki pickup and entered the school after burning their vehicle, said eyewitnesses.

An injured student said the militants attacked the main auditorium of the school where a ceremony was being held for the students of grade nine and 10.

Firing was heard shortly after they entered the school. The militants rushed into the hall and opened fire and hurled hand grenades at the students and staff members. Later the attackers held many of students in custody inside the auditorium during the exchange of fire with the security forces, said survivors.

There were about 1,100 students inside the school when it came under attack, said the army spokesman Bajwa.

The quick response force of the Pakistan army arrived at the attack site 10-15 minutes after the attack was reported, said Bajwa.

Large contingent of forces were called in to fight against the militants. Tanks, armoured personnel carrier vehicles and helicopters were also employed in the rescue operation.

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