Tehreek-e-Taliban Takes Credit for School Attack That Left 131 Children Dead: “We Want Them to Feel Pain”
A Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack in a school, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP)
131 children were murdered in the Taliban attack.
Tahreek-e-Taliban took credit for the bloody attack on a Pakistani school today that left 131 children and nine staff members dead. The Taliban spokesman told the press, “We want them to fell pain.”
The military said that 132 children and nine staff members were killed. But those numbers could rise, the military warned.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani Taliban, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The group’s spokesman, Muhammad Khorasani, said the attack was retaliation for an ongoing Pakistan Army operation against the TTP and its allies in the North Waziristan tribal area.
“We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” he said. “We want them to feel the pain.” He said six suicide bombers were sent to the school with orders to allow the youngest students to leave and to kill the rest.
About 1,100 students were believed to have been inside the school when the assault occurred. About 121 students were wounded, as were three staff members and seven Pakistani commandos. The school is on the edge of a military cantonment in Peshawar, but most of the students are civilian.
One little boy who was shot by the Taliban said he crawled to the next room where he saw the dead body of the office assistant on fire. “She was sitting on the chair with blood dripping from her body as she burned.”