UK

Peshawar Attack: Tragic List Of Children Killed In School Massacre Emerges

16/12/2014 13:55 GMT | Updated 16/12/2014 17:59 GMT

WARNING: THIS REPORT CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED

A harrowing list of children killed in the Peshawar school massacre has emerged.

A sheet of paper purportedly from the accident and emergency department of the nearby Lady Reading Hospital was posted to the Twitter account of Meer Bilawal Ali.

He accompanied the tragic list with the caption: “The schools are supposed to publish results cards. Not this…”

It lists 19 deaths, seven of whom are “unknown”. The youngest appears to be aged 13, and the eldest, presumably a teacher, 30.

It comes as 141 people, including 132 children were reported to have died in an attack by Taliban militants on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

Up to 500 students and teachers were believed to have been taken hostage during the siege. Pakistan newspaper Dawn quoted Peshawar police as declaring the attack over at 6.32pm local time, with all six attackers dead.

pakistan school

A little girl is carried from the scene by a volunteer

A Pakistani military source told US TV network NBC that attackers wearing police uniforms and suicide vests charged the building.

"They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom," said the unnamed military source. "They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch."

According to reports the school was also booby-trapped with IEDs.

pakistan school shooting

An injured student student is carried to safety by volunteers

The attack began in the morning hours of Tuesday, with the gunmen entering the school - which has students in grades 1-10 - and shooting at random, said police officer Javed Khan.

Outside the school, shooting was initially heard along with as many as 15 loud blasts.

Pakistani television showed soldiers surrounding the area and pushing people back. Boys in blood-soaked school uniforms with green blazers were seen being carried from the scene.

The school is located on the edge of a military garrison in Peshawar, but the bulk of the students are civilian.

pakistan school shooting

A Taliban spokesman says the attackers have been ordered to shoot 'older students but not the children'

Later, one of the wounded students, Abdullah Jamal, said that he was with a group of 8th, 9th and 10th graders who were getting first-aid instructions and training with a team of Pakistani army medics when the violence began.

When the shooting started, Jamal, who was shot in the leg, said nobody knew what was going on in the first few seconds.

"Then I saw children falling down who were crying and screaming. I also fell down. I learned later that I have got a bullet," he said, speaking from his hospital bed.

"All the children had bullet wounds. All the children were bleeding," Jamal added.

Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to media, saying suicide bombers had carried out the attack in revenge for the killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities.

He told AFP the team of attackers: “… Include target killers and suicide attackers. They have been ordered to shoot the older students but not the children.”

He added: "We targeted the school because the army targets our families. We want them to feel our pain."

Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent military offensive in Waziristan and the Khyber region.

US president Barack Obama was among world leaders who today condemned the attacks.

In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said: "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's horrific attack... By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It's horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school."

Former PM Gordon Brown, who has campaigned for security in schools in his role as United Nations special envoy for global education, said: "The whole world will be shocked and heartbroken at the massacre in Peshawar that has destroyed so many innocent young lives.

"We must remain resolute in saying that no terrorist group can at any time ever justify denying children the right to an education and we will do everything in our power to support the Pakistan authorities and make sure their schools are safe and protected.

"It has never been acceptable for schools to be places of conflict and for children to be subject to violence simply because they want to learn. Education is opportunity and hope for building nations.

"Too often innocent girls and boys have become targets for terrorists who want to deny children the right to education and schools have become theatres of war.

"No-one has the right to deny a boy or girl their education and we will stand alongside the parents and the children against the Taliban's refusal to recognise every child has the right to education."

Education campaigner and Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, has condemned the "atrocious and cowardly" attack on a school in Pakistan.

She said: "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us."

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi described the "gut-wrenching" scenes as "an utterly barbaric and inhumane attack on innocent children".

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the UK-based Ramadhan Foundation, condemned the "brutal and evil" assault as "an attack against all Pakistanis" and "an affront to Islam".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter: "Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar.

"It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school.

"My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain and offer our deepest condolences."

Children die in Taliban school attack.