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Live Updates: Pakistan School Attack

A schoolboy who was injured in a Taliban attack receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar.

A schoolboy who was injured in a Taliban attack receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar.


-- At least 141 people, including more than 132 children, have died in an attack on a military-run school in Peshawar. It is the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history. The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (the Pakistani Taliban) has claimed responsibility.

-- Militants, who apparently did not try to take hostages, used firearms and explosives in what appears to have been an indiscriminate attack.

-- A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the attack was revenge for an army operation in North Waziristan.

-- Military officials at the scene said that at least six armed men had entered the school and that about 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside. Police report that all militants have been killed and the attack is now over.

-- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a three-day mourning period across the country. Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, meanwhile, said she was "heartbroken" over the "senseless and cold-blooded act of terror."

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Peshawar

21:35 16.12.2014

Barring any major events, we are closing down the live blog. Full story here.

21:24 16.12.2014

Father of 14-year-old Abdullah: "My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”

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132 are said to be children

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes the the attack as "an act of horror and rank cowardice."

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Reactions from around the world to Pakistan school attack

The White House said in a statement that the United States condemns the "horrific" attack and reiterated support for the Pakistani government's efforts "to combat extremism and terrorism."

President Ashraf Ghani of neighboring Afghanistan said in a statement "The killing of innocent children is contrary to Islam."

French President Francois Hollande condemned what he described as a "vile" attack, and pledged support for Pakistan's government in the fight "against terrorism."

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany condemned the attack "in the sharpest possible terms."

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a native of Pakistan, said she was "heartbroken by what she called a "senseless and cold-blooded act of terror."

David Griffiths, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Asia-Pacific, said, "There can be absolutely no justification for targeting children in this way."

Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 16 vowed to continue an ongoing anti-Taliban operation in the region "until the terrorism is rooted out."

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Military source tells Reuters 9 militants were killed in operation to free school today

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Gripping survivor accounts coming in

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