Peshawar, Dec 16: A day after Sydney siege, a group of heavily-armed terrorists on Tuesday, Dec 16 targeted an Army Public school on Warsak Road, near cantonment area in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinc in Pakistan.
In one of the most tragic terror attack, at least 130 are among 126 students killed in Taliban attack on army school in Peshawar. [Pak school attack death toll climbs to 148]
"At least 130 martyred in Peshawar school attack" Khyber Pakthunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak told media. [PM Narendra Modi condemns cowardly attack on Peshawar school]
According to TV reports, six terrorists in the guise of army men stormed inside the school and held students and teachers as hostages. At least 1500 students and 70 teachers are said to be trapped in the school, media reports said. [Peshawar terror attack: Pak security analyst lashes out at India]
Over 50 students are critically injured. Injured have been taken to Lady Reading hospital.
Terrorists first set ablaze some vehicles parked outside the school and then they barged into the school, when students were giving exams.
Amid heavy firing, rescue operations on
Commandos and security forces have surrounded the area and are feverishly attempting to end the crisis. [Home Minister condemns terror attack in Peshawar school]
"It was the fourth period. We were in our classes. They (the terrorists) were carrying guns in their hands," a school student told the media.
"Our principal told our teacher that the students have to be evacuated. Suddenly we saw army personnel arriving," the student said.
Uday, a lab assistant at the school, spoke about the horror.
"I was hiding for one hour. The army came. They (the terrorists) numbered 6-7. They had big rifles," he told reporters.
A military helicopter is also monitoring the situation.
Pak Taliban claims responsibility
Latest reports claim that the Paksitan's Tehreek-e-Taliban has claimed the responsibility behind the terror attack at the Peshawar Army school. [Bollywood condemns militant attack on school in Peshawar]
The six terrorists are said to be suicide bombers.
The parents and guardians of the students have been barred to enter inside the school, amid heavy firing.
Warsak Road, where the army school is located has been blocked for traffic, worried parents reach school, Dunya News reported.
TTP spokesperson's statement
"Our people successfully entered the army school in morning. We have given them special instructions not to harm minors", The TTP spokesperson gave a statement to the media.
Pakistani minister was quoted as saying that the efforts are on to capture the terrorists alive.
Pak PM says "attackers won't be spared"
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, while talking to media said that the attackers won't be spared. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the violent incident and ordered the safe rescue of the ones trapped in the building.
Suicide Bomber blows himself up
The latest reports claim that one of the suicide bomber has blew himself up outside the school auditorium within the campus premises.
A teacher has been reportedly killed in the attack and over 40 students have been injured.
An army personnel is also said to be among those who sacrificed their lives in the deadly terror attack.
4 hospitals run out of beds, emergency declared
There are lack of beds in the Lady Reading hospital and other nearby hospitals. The hospitals have appealed people to come out to donate blood, amid the crisis.
K-P Health Minister Shahram Tarakai said that the emergency has been declared in four major hospitals of the city.
Meanwhile, Pak choppers are carrying out the evacuation and rescue operations amid surveillance.
Intense gunfire continues
As the army school turned into a war zone, the heavy exchange of gunfire is still going on. Pakistani troops are launching a counter strike on the terrorists.
Other schools evacuated
The students and staff of other schools have also been evacuated.
Wednesday, Dec 17: Total death toll rises to 148.
9.35 pm: 7 terrorists were gunned down: Pakistan Army
8.25 pm: Peshawar and Sydney attacks show local threats are global threats too: John Kerry, US Secretary of State
6.45 pm: Pak army's rescue operation ends, six terrorists gunned down by Pak security forces.
6.40 pm: After 7-hour gunbattle, Peshwar school hostage crisis ends, Pak army takes control over the terror-hit school.
6.35 pm: "The world community must unite and redouble efforts to root out terror from every country and society", President Pranab Mukherjee tweets.
6.30 pm: SSG commandos rescue 7 staff members, 4 teachers from building where search operation is under way.
6.20 pm: IEDs planted by terrorists hamper speed of clearance.
6.15 pm: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Peshawar attack says, "Militants ki kisi se b ladayi ho sakti hai, par bachon se kya ladayi? Bahut dukhad hai" (Militants can fight with anyone but what they will get after attacking children? It's very sad."
6.00 pm: At least 250 injured in the deadliest terror attack in Peshawar, Pakistan.
5.45 pm: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif calls all-party meet in Peshawar on Wednesday, Dec 17.
5.30 pm: Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari reacts on Pak attack saying, "It is possibly the most despicable & inhuman act that could have been committed. All citizens of world must come together to condemn this, our hearts & minds are with families who suffered this grievous loss."
5.15 pm: "Clearance operation nears end as security forces kill 6th Taliban suicide attacker. Special forces begin final assault", says Pakistan media reports.
5.05 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi conveys her 'heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families' of Peshawar terror attack.
5.00 pm: Death toll rises to over 130, 5th terrorist killed in the last under clearance block of school, says Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
4.55 pm: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif says, "We will continue operations in Waziristan."
4.50 pm: Pak PM Nawaz reaches Peshawar, announces three-day nationwide mourning in the wake of attack.
4.45 pm: Terrorists confined to last of 4 blocks of school. 4 terrorists killed, hunt on for remaining terrorists, clearance underway.
4.40 pm: 19th explosion heard from Peshawar school, heavy exchange of firing on.
4.33 pm: "It is one of the darkest days of humanity. These are all our children who've been murdered today. My prayers and condolences are with the families", Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi says.
4.30 pm: 5 explosions heard from inside the school in Peshawar.
4.20 pm: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says, "We have been saying it for many years that once you create a monster, you cannot control it."
4.15 pm: PM Narendra Modi reacts on Pak school attack, "I strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar. It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings-children in their school."
4.10 pm: PTI chief Imran Khan addresses media, says, "We stand with the families of the victims. We have postponed dialogues with the government and delayed our countrywide protest."
4.05 pm: "No words will capture the horror we feel about the terror attack in Peshawar. Our prayers are with families of those who lost their lives and are injured due to this barbaric incident. says Syed Akbaruddin, MEA spokesperson.
4.00 pm: Death toll climbs to 126.
3.40 pm: At least 85 students have reached CMH hospital from the Government Commerce College to donate blood to the injured.
3.35 pm: Two fresh blasts have been heard from within the vicinity and firing is still going on.
3.30 pm: Islamabad on high alert following school attack in Peshawar.
3.25 pm: Pak Army Chief Raheel Sharif cut shorts his Quetta visit, leaves for Peshawar.
3.20 pm: PTI chief Imran Khan decides to fly to Peshawar.
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3.15 pm: Coward terrorists have been identified as 18 to 24 year olds, who lined up the students and then shot them dead.
3.10 pm: A Taliban spokesman tells the BBC the "assault was in response to army operations in North Waziristan and the Khyber area."
3.05 pm: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif decides to visit terror-hit Peshawar to supervise operation against terrorists. Before leaving for Peshwar, he made a statement saying, "They are my children. It's my loss. I have decided to proceed to Peshawar and I will supervise the operation my self."
3.00 pm: More than 100 students martyred in terrorist attack on Peshawar school, says Khyber Pakthunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak.
2.45 pm: Death toll climbs up to 26, including 24 students, Samaa TV reports say.
2.35 pm: Two terrorists have been killed in encounter with forces.
2.30 pm: Attackers were speaking Arabic, says witness
2.15 pm: Three suicide bombers have been reportedly neutralised.
2.00 pm: 25 more ambulances have been called in as rescue operation at school continues.
1.45 pm: "Most injured students shot in legs, arms. Security around hospital beefed up", Lady Reading Hospital spokesperson says.
1.30 pm: Pak PM instructs Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to personally monitor rescue operation in Peshawar.
1.10 pm: Two helicopters constantly monitoring situation, army tankers are seen in the area.