The terror hit Army Public School (APS), in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, on 16 December 2014. Seven terrorist affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) The militants, all of whom were foreign nationals. They entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children, killing 141 people; including 132 school children.
The attack began at around 10:30 A.M. when seven gunmen, disguised in uniforms of the Pakistani paramilitary force, entered the school. The terrorists, moved straight towards the auditorium located at the centre of the complex and open fired indiscriminately on the children who were gathered there for First aid training.
The terrorists did not intend to take any hostages but instead wanted to kill as many pupils as they could. As the terrorists shot, many of the children ran towards the two exits on the other side of the auditorium, but many of them were gunned down in the garden.
One of them was shot by the military personnel near the auditorium, while the other six managed to make it to the administration block. Special teams of snipers and their spotters pinpointed the terrorists; three of the six attackers were killed by the snipers from the windows, while the other three were killed when the commandos stormed the building and rescued the remaining hostages in the process.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as revenge for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the Pakistani military’s offensive in North Waziristan that started in summer 2014.
The evil enemy is heartless, gutless, shameless, and without any morals. They have struck in the most cowardly fashion and have killed more than 100 school children in the Army Public School. It’s been a year and the wounds are still fresh.
“The sorrow couldn’t be expressed in words!”