Gunshots fired at Pakistan school after men try to scale walls

Residents and a guard opened fire at a Pakistan school on Thursday after six men tried to scale the walls, sparking panic less than a year after a Taliban massacre at a Peshawar school, police said.

Peshawar: Residents and a guard opened fire at a Pakistan school on Thursday after six men tried to scale the walls, sparking panic less than a year after a Taliban massacre at a Peshawar school, police said.

The incident took place in the town of Shabqadar which borders the Mohmand, one of seven lawless tribal districts where Taliban militants are active.

"Some men were trying to climb the boundary wall of a private school and on seeing them, the school guard opened fire after which the men fled," district police chief Shafiullah Khan told AFP.

Nearby residents also took out their guns and fired gunshots in the air to scare the intruders away from the screaming children, he said.

It was not clear if the men were armed.

Police had cordoned off the area and were searching for the suspects, he added.

Taliban militants stormed a school in Peshawar in December last year, killing more than 150 people, mostly children, in Pakistan's worst-ever terror attack. 

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