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PM Modi speaks to Nawaz Sharif, says 'India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the backdrop of the Peshawar school attack and said 'India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror'.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the backdrop of the Peshawar school attack and said 'India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror'.

PM took to twitter to express his condolences and confirmed that he spoke to Nawaz Sharif.

In a tweet PM wrote - “Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif over the telephone. Offered my deepest condolences on the dastardly terror attack in Peshawar.”

In an another tweet PM wrote that India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror.

PM Modi also appealed to schools across India to observe 2 minutes of silence tomorrow as a mark of solidarity.

As many as 141 people, nearly all of them school children, were massacred today when heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed a Pakistan army-run school here, firing indiscriminately, leaving another 130 injured.

Dressed in para-military Frontier Corps uniforms, the seven Arabic-speaking terrorists entered the Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10 AM (local time) from the rear side and went from classroom to classroom shooting innocent children indiscriminately in one of the most gruesome terror attacks anywhere.

Chief Military Spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference tonight that 132 of the dead were children and another nine were staff members. A total of 130 people--118 students, three staffers, seven SSG soldiers and two officers -- were injured, he said. He also said that 960 students and staffers were rescued.

Bajwa said all the seven militants were killed in the operations involving Special Services Group(SSG) or commandos. Some of them reportedly blew themselves up. "The operation is over. The school has been handed over to its administration. SSG troops are withdrawn" he added.

Bajwa said about 1,000 students and staffers were in the school at the time of the attack.

Earlier, reports had put the death toll at 160 but later it was scaled down. During the over eight-hour standoff, the terrorists also took several hostages, including teachers and the principal of the school, and used them as human shield during the assault.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack, the bloodiest in recent years since the 2008 suicide bombing in Karachi in which 150 people were killed.

The Taliban spokesman claimed that 6 suicide bombers were involved in the attack and that it was a revenge for the military's operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar. "We want them to feel our pain," the spokesman said.

Gen Bajwa said the militants came from the back side of the school and killed the students indiscriminately.

The attackers had plans for a long haul as they had a lot of ammunition and food to sustain them, he said. But they were cornered by SSG under a plan and killed.

World leaders united in condemning the attack as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed it a "national tragedy" and chaired a security meeting in Peshawar where he was briefed about the attack and the operation.

Sharif reiterated that military operation 'Zarb-e-Azab' to flush out terrorists from the country's tribal belt will continue.

"It's a sheer act of cowardice...The country should unite to combat terrorism," he added.

A three-day nationwide mourning has been announced in Pakistan. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also reached Peshawar to monitor the situation.

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 like foreigners.

(With Agency inputs)

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