5 dead, hundreds hostage in Taliban attack on Pakistan school

A Taliban attack on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday left at least five students dead and 36 people wounded, hospital and police sources said.

Sharif Khan, a doctor at the Lady Reading Hospital in the city of Peshawar, where the attack is still under way, said they had received the bodies of five students. A senior police official confirmed the toll to Agence France-Presse.

A Reuters journalist at the scene could hear heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it. Ambulances were transporting wounded children to hospital.

“We were standing outside the school and firing suddenly started and there was chaos everywhere and the screams of children and teachers,” said Jamshed Khan, a school bus driver.

Military officials said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.

“Our suicide bombers have entered the school, they have instructions not to harm the children, but to target the army personnel,” Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters.

By Al Arabiya


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