Peshawar: Amidst the school siege, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday termed the terror attack as a 'national tragedy' adding that is an absolutely cowardly act.
Addressing a press conference, shortly after attending an emergency meet here, Sharif said, "This is a national tragedy. These were my kids. This is my loss. Peshawar attack is an absolutely cowardly act."
“Government, in collaboration with Pak army, will take decision on fighting terrorism. We won't stop until terrorism is stopped,” he added.
Nawaz Sharif further announced three days of nationwide mourning in the wake of the Pak school siege. He also condemned the attack saying that the terrorists should not be spared and that the kids were the foremost priority at the moment.
Sharif has also called for an all-party meet tomorrow in the backdrop of today's Taliban attack.
He has reached here personally to monitor the operation. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif has also rushed here from Quetta today.
In the worst ever terror attack on school children, Taliban suicide bombers today stormed an army school in Peshawar and gun down over 130 children. Heavily-armed Arabic speaking suicide attackers entered into the 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.
Meanwhile, army is trying to bring the situation under control as 500 students and teachers are still believed to be trapped inside the school.
(With Agency inputs)