PESHAWAR: Taliban militants have entered an army-run school on Warsak road, taking students and teachers hostage.
Five to six terrorists entered the Army Public School
130 killed, including at least 100 children; scores injured
Army chief en route to Peshawar
Operation enters seventh hour; 15 blasts reported
The updates from reddit make for unpleasant reading:
Edit: 3 confirmed dead and 35 seriously injured. SSG commandos went inside through back door and are searching room to room. Few blasts as well reported.
Edit2: TTP said they'll be killing older students and keeping children.
Edit3: 4 dead so far. One female teacher also injured.
Edit4: Most kids held hostages inside an auditorium. It's quite big.
Edit5: 12 students dead/40 injured. As military helicopters flying over school, one soldier is dead so far. Hospitals do not have enough beds to keep up as more injured students are coming. On one bed, there are some 2 or 3 injured students. More beds coming from other hospitals. One bomber blew himself outside the door of auditorium where most students are being held.
Edit6: 15 students, 1 female teacher dead.
Edit7: Parents are reaching hospitals and schools. Their faces are engulfed with tears.
Edit8: One female teacher who tried to save student, was burned alive by terrorists.
Edit9: 21 killed so far. 17 students.
Edit10: Another female teacher dead. Over 100 injured, 35 seriously and over 21 dead. Students: "The terrorists were wearing military uniform, hard to tell if they were coming to help or kill. We lay down on floor. The gunmen came and killed us slowly, one by one."
Edit11: Many mothers are anxiously asking one person and another, looking for information about his child. Awful. The school is situated right next to big graveyard, which just plays on feelings.
Edit12: 23 dead. Some students in critical conditions as they were shot in dead. The ages are between 10-14 years old which have been confirmed dead.
Edit13: 33 dead so far. Military armored vehicles are seen entering school.
Edit14: 104 dead so far. Over 80 injured.
Edit15: Thanks mod for the updated title.
Edit16: Some children being rescued: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B493psxCIAI5T-D.jpg
I just want to add, this is an army school. As mentioned in above edits, many children of high military officials attend here. The military had launched operation in north Waziristan, which is going on for few months now. It could be revenge attack. Many students saying the terrorists were speaking Arabic.
Edit17: The Prime Minister is going to the city himself to oversee operation. Many major political leaders are uniting and going to city to oversee. The Chief of Army is also going there.
Edit18: As death toll is rising, those who live in same area or know who may be living there, please ask them to consider donating blood. The terrorists are still there, so lets not lose anymore lives due to shortage of blood.
Edit19: "David Cameron: Taliban school shooting horrific." Just want to add another piece of history, it was today in 1971 that Bangaldesh was made out of Pakistan after a bloody war.
Edit20: TTP: 'We targeted school because army targets our families. We want them to feel our pain.' As mentioned in edit16, this indeed came out to be revenge attack. Officers' children attend this school.
Edit21: Mothers are seen talking looking in window of ambulances, on coffins, asking people and begging to know where her child may be. PM of Pakistan is in local city now.
Edit22: 3 terrorists dead/blown up, 3 alive.
Edit23: These students were doing their finals today. They prepared well for it. Told their parents "If I ace it, will I get X, will I get Y?" And now they're no more to receive X and Y and the days and nights spent at studying for exams to achieve what they wanted is gone.... We cannot bring back the dead, but we can love the alive. It is the holiday season, so love your child more than you wished being loved by your parent. Give them all the happiness they deserve. They're our future, our blood and the ones who will will carry our name forward.
Edit24: Three loud blasts reported.
Edit25: 126 students dead Some teachers and others dead as well. Over 120 injured. There will be 3 day mourning. Please note different media offering conflicting reports. The reddit link may not give you most updated news or even conflicting from which I add here. I'm adding information as soon different national sources offer updated news.
Edit26: SFW pictures: https://scontent-b-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 55044A59 https://scontent-a-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 54FD3359 https://scontent-b-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 553F9EA2 https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/ ... bc07a791 http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/12/ ... 8376.jpg http://defence.pk/attachments/10373991_ ... .176183/
Edit27: @narendramodi It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school
Edit28: Another blast heard. It was reported earlier that one terrorist is still alive.
Edit29: Terrorists were using children as human shield.
Edit30: Again, if you know someone living there or live there, consider donating blood. News says that blood bags is running low.
Edit31: 4 out of 6 confirmed dead/blown up. 11 confirmed blasts.
Edit32: There were some 1200+ students at school. 3 clean shaved terrorists.
Edit33: Don't read if you're lighthearted. Children were saved as dead children piled up on alive one. So terrorists walked off. The saved ones said "terrorists will bring all children from different areas, huddle them in one room and then kill them."
Edit34: Operation is now into 5th hour.
Edit35: Children were writing exams in big room. The terrorists came in and killed. Being from the school, I can remember that it is not easy to escape. There is only one door. There are windows, but I don't think they can still escape. The building is two story high.
Edit36: The provincial government is offering 5,00,000 rupees, or $5000 USD to deceased's families. Injured will be offered 2,00,000, or $2000 USD. A child's life is not worth any money, not $5,000. No amount of money can ever erase the memory of her child from mother's heart.
Edit37: The Prime Minister of Pakistan has announced 3 days of national mourning.
Edit38: 5th terrorist is now dead.
Edit39: David Cameron: News coming out of Pakistan is heart shattering news
Edit40: How easy is it for terrorist to look as military man? http://tribune.com.pk/story/769406/in-d ... picion/
Edit 41: Toilet break for me. Visit http://www.reddit.com/live/u304zn636rmd as other users keep posting updates live.
Edit42: Over 200 injured. There is shortage of ambulances. People are using private cars to carry the bodies of children to home. Some parents are able to find only one body of child. So they look to see if they can find their second, or third child. Some are told one is alive, but other is dead. While some children from same family are being shifted to different hospital, so parents keep searching for kids. It's an awful situation to be in.
Edit43: Media is again saying blood is running low. As many people here have posted who live there, please let your friends know that the hospitals need more blood.
Edit44: Don't feed the trolls/flamers. I'm getting some nasty comments and I'm sure there are many below as well. Just ignore, report, downvote. If you enjoy talking to walls, then ignore my suggestion.
Edit45: The courts in Pakistan tomorrow will be on shut down to observe the mourning.
Edit46: Mothers describing their pain. English translation. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cnvq ... diframe
Edit47: 6th terrorist dead (not completely confirmed)
Edit:48 Some students are being sent home after receiving medical attention.
Edit49: 130 dead/130 Injured It is 4:46PM local time.
Edit50: SSG commandos are blasting the walls of room to rescue students. Thus, it is not verifiable whether the blasts is done by terrorists or commandos.
Edit250: 132 dead from just one hospital.
Edit51: Media is saying there are 10 terrorists. 5 confirmed dead. 1 unconfirmed dead.
Edit52: The media is again pleading that blood amount if very low. There are 250 injured from just one hospital. Again, let your friends know, tweet, do all you're capable of to get/raise blood which hospitals are in desperate need.