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Community Voices: 16th December, A Black Day

by M. Ali on 17th December, 2014 at 10:46 AM CEST

16th December 2014, a black day in the living history of the world especially for children when the brutal terrorists attacked a school in Peshawar city of  Pakistan. At least 141 people, most of them children (132 students), died when the terrorists attacked the school in the morning. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which has children and teenagers in grades 1-10. Five or six militants wearing military uniforms entered the Army Public School, reportedly through a graveyard located behind the school.

The school on Peshawar’s Warsak Road is part of the Army Public Schools and Colleges System, which runs 146 schools nationwide for the children of military personnel and civilians. Its students range in age from around 10 to 18. The schools educate the children of both officers and non-commissioned soldiers and Army wives often teach in them.

Shuja Khan, one of the students who was evacuated to safety, told  “The attack occurred when a senior military officer was addressing a function at the school.” He said he believed the senior official’s presence had prompted the attack, saying the militants opened fire as soon as the official started speaking. “The moment they (terrorists) opened fire, we were told to lie down on the floor and we immediately complied,” he said.

picture courtesy: The Guardian: Candle Lights vigil in Islamabad for victims of school attack

A student who survived the attack said soldiers came to rescue students during a lull in the firing. “When we were coming out of the class we saw dead bodies of our friends lying in the corridors. They were bleeding. Some were shot three times, some four times,” the student said. “The men entered the rooms one by one and started indiscriminate firing at the staff and students.”

This attack brought back chilling memories of the 2004 incident in Beslan in North Ossetia, Russia, when at least 32 Chechen rebels stormed a school and took more than 1,000 hostages, majority of them children. Over 330 people, mostly children, were killed in that assault.

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was also victimized by a terrorist attack  in 2012, said she was heartbroken by “the senseless and cold blooded killing” of scores of children by the Taliban militants. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this,” Yousafzai said in a statement. “I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable.”

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters


18th December, 2014 @ 4:33 PM CEST

Faisal  imtiaz

Faisal imtiaz

May the departed souls rest in peace . Pakistan Bleeds on 16th December . We have to show zero tolerance against terrorism now

19th December, 2014 @ 7:11 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

You are right Dear Faisal!
We have to show zero tolerance against terrorism now ...

19th December, 2014 @ 7:56 AM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Raise from the ashes each time this story repeats, but don't bathe your heart in hatred.

Now, let's all focus our vibrant thoughts to calm the darkness, to wish peace and resonate love, to wish this story never repeat itself again. A wish to the universe


19th December, 2014 @ 12:23 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

You are right Stefan!!
to wish this story never repeat itself again

20th December, 2014 @ 1:24 PM CEST

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