Terrorists storm army school in Peshawar, take 500 children hostage; Tehreek-e-Taliban claims responsibility

Terrorists storm army school in Peshawar

New Delhi, Dec 16: At least six armed men on Tuesday entered the military-run Army Public School in Peshawar and took hundreds of students and teachers hostage, according to according to TV reports.

The report said that as many as seven people were injured, including five children, when the armed men opened fire on a private school in Peshawar.

Military officials at the scene reportedly said that at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School, where about 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.

A Reuters journalist at the scene could hear heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it.

The Army Public School is located on Warsak Road near Army Housing Colony.

Meanwhile, security forces have cordoned off the school and entered the building. Officials are also monitoring the situation from a helicopter. Attackers and security personnel also exchanged fire inside the school.

Terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which claimed responsibility for the attack, told a Pakistani daily: “Our people successfully entered the army school in Peshawar this morning. We are giving them direct instructions to not harm minors.”

TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasni reportedly added: “Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Operation Khyber-I forced us to take such an extreme step.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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