Taliban forces on Tuesday entered a school in Pakistan and slaughtered hundreds of schoolchildren. Local Pakistani official Bahramand Khan said 126 were killed and 122 were injured. The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility as a response to the killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities. The attack took place at a local army public school in the city of Peshawar with students in grades first through tenth.
The Taliban gunmen placed bombs around the area, which slowed rescue efforts according to local military officials. As soon as authorities entered the school they exchanged fire with gunmen and killed six Taliban fighters. The gunmen came from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group, a militant group trying to overthrow the government. Reuters reports that the majority of the dead and wounded are between the ages of 10 and 20 years old. Outside the school, two loud booms of unknown origin were heard coming from the scene in the early afternoon, as Pakistani troops battled with the attackers. Armored personnel carriers were deployed around the school grounds.
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