The Pakistan government has declared a three-day mourning for the over 140 people, mostly children killed after an attack on a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Prime Minister, called a multi-party conference in Peshawar on Wednesday to discuss the state’s response to the attack, the worst in Pakistan’s recent history.
The Pakistani Taliban, TTP, had issued a statement after the attack, saying, “only the adult sons of military personnel and members of the military had been killed in the raid.”
The statement also included photographs of dead children the group claimed had been killed during recent Pakistani military operations in tribal areas.
The group, which had previously justified the attack by saying it was revenge for ongoing airstrikes on areas including northern Waziristan, warned civilians to distance themselves from security personnel or be killed alongside them.
132 children killed in Tuesday’s attack are thought to have been between the ages of 12 and 16.
The funerals for the 141 victims of Tuesday’s attacks will be taking place later on Wednesday.
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