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Peshawar terror attack: Kailash Satyarthi urges Taliban to release captive children

Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winner Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday appealed to the Taliban suicide attackers to release the children who were held captive in a school in Peshawar.



Delhi: Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winner Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday appealed to the Taliban suicide attackers to release the children who were held captive in a school in Peshawar.

He said as per ANI, “Let them kill me but release the kids who are still stuck there.”

Satyarthi also condemned the attackers and said, “They who have done this are an enemy of Allah, humanity and you and me.”

He also posted a series of tweets on the micro-blogging site on the horrific incident:

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai - an Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim 'champions of peace' – recently received the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent.

Over 130, mostly students among them, were killed today when heavily-armed Arabic speaking Taliban suicide attackers stormed an Army-run school, shooting from classroom-to-classroom and taking several hostages using them as human shield in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city.

A group of 8-10 suicide attackers wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms entered Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10.30 (local time) and started indiscriminate firing, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said, as per PTI.

In one of the most gruesome attacks in recent years against children anywhere in the world, the militants went from classroom-to-classroom shooting indiscriminately at the shocked students, eyewitnesses told local media.

One rescued student told reporters that the attackers had long beards and they were wearing 'shalwar kamiz'.

He said they were speaking Arabic and looked foreigners.

The attackers are also holding several students as hostages using them as human shields to prevent army from storming the building. Official sources said the toll could go up.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and termed it a "national tragedy." He has reached Peshawar to personally monitor the operation. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif has also rushed to Peshawar from Quetta.

Mushtaq Ghani, provincial information minister, said the militants entered through a graveyard which is adjacent to the school, called Army Public School.

The school is close to Saint Mary High School located at the start of Warsak Road which was also under threat for last couple of days.

In a brief statement, the Army said: "Rescue operation by troops underway. Exchange of fire continues. Bulk of student and staff evacuated. Reports of some children and teachers killed by terrorist."

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman claimed that its six suicide bombers attacked army school, saying it was a revenge for the Army's operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar.

"We want them to feel our pain," the spokesman said.

With PTI inputs

 

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