Taliban storm Pakistan school, kill 130


By Saad Khan ,AFP

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school on Tuesday in one of Pakistan’s bloodiest ever attacks. Witnesses described how a huge blast shook the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar and six gunmen in government paramilitary uniforms went from classroom to classroom shooting children, some as young as 12. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the second deadliest terror attack in the country’s recent history, calling it revenge for a major military offensive in the region. A teenage survivor described how he played dead to escape the militants as they rampaged through the school, hunting for people to kill. Shahrukh Khan, 16, said he and his classmates ducked below their desks when four gunmen burst into their room. ��I saw a pair of big black boots coming towards me, this guy was probably hunting for students hiding beneath the benches,�� Khan told AFP from the trauma ward of the city’s Lady Reading Hospital Khan decided to play dead after being shot in both legs, stuffing his tie into his mouth to stifle his screams. ��The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again,�� he said. ��My body was shivering. I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching me �X I felt as though it was death that was approaching me.��

‘What is their sin?’ The Lady Reading Hospital was thronged with distraught parents weeping uncontrollably as children’s bodies arrived, their school uniforms drenched in blood. Irshadah Bibi, 40, whose 12-year-old son was among the dead, beat her face in grief, throwing herself against an ambulance. ��O God, why did you snatch away my son? What is the sin of my child and all these children?�� she wept. Police officials said the attack ended around 6.30 p.m., some eight hours after it began, with all six militants dead.