The devastating attack on the Pakistani school, in Peshawar leaves more than 100 children dead and 122 more injured. During the attack, around 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside the school.
A student from the school recreates the scene, by telling reporters that the attack started at 10:30am local time, (5:30am GMT) while an army official was giving a demonstration on first aid in the auditorium. The student recalls that the sound of firing began outside and quickly entered the auditorium. He saw approximately 40 to 50 die in front of him, by at least four to five gunmen. The army colonel was fired at, along with bombs being denoted. The student also, said that he was holding his one of his friends as they died.
Nine Taliban gunmen were reported to be part of the attack and were all killed during a nine-hour battle. The chief minister said that one Taliban bomber blew himself up.
Upon hearing of the troubles in Peshawar, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew in to personally monitor the operation, as his office is in Islamabad. He later announced that three days of national mourning would take place.
"I appeal to the nation to show unity at this critical juncture. No one should have doubts about our determination to fight terrorism. We will do whatever we can for the relatives of those who have lost children," he said.
A Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani declared: “We will take more extreme steps if the army does not stop operations and the killing of our prisoners.”
This extreme action of violence was completed as an act of revenge against the military, especially of the ongoing military operations in North Waziristan and on the Khyber tribal agency. The Taliban’s spokesman added: "We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females. We want them to feel the pain."
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Taliban, in the head in 2012, has expressed her disgust, by saying: "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us."
"Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable."I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."
Others around the world have pledged their condolences along with words of support. The US President Barack Obama, released a statement from the White House, declaring continued support for the Pakistan government's efforts in combating terrorism and extremism by promoting peace and stability in the region. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the massacre an "act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn". Their support was joined by words of sympathy from the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.