World Bulletin/News Desk
President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned an attack on a school in northwest Pakistan “in the strongest possible terms.”
The gun and bomb attack left at least 130 people dead, most of them children.
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan,” Obama said in a statement. “By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity.”
The Pakistani army said it killed nine militants and that the attack is finally over, eight hours after it began. The military is currently sweeping the area for possible bombs.
Dressed in the uniforms of a local government-backed paramilitary, the militants started their attack by scaling the school's wall and entering the auditorium where a farewell party was being held for the oldest students who had recently finished their final examinations.
They immediately began firing on the students, killing and injuring many of them. The attack has been claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militant coalition, who called it a "response" to the Pakistan army's anti-militant operations in the North Waziristan tribal area, which began six months ago on June 15.