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Chilling Pictures Reveal Taliban Fighters Who Murdered More Than 100 Children In Peshawar Attack

17/12/2014 14:36 GMT | Updated 17/12/2014 17:59 GMT

The Taliban fighters who stormed a military-run school in Pakistan and murdered over 140 people - most of them children - can be seen for the first time in new images.

The armed men stand stony-faced in three pictures, posing in front of banners in the first images of the killers who carried out the worst terrorist attack in Pakistan's history. In one, they wear military uniforms and are lined up outside.

Seven gunmen from the Pakistani branch of the extremist group attacked the Army Public School and College in Peshawar with explosives strapped to their bodies, by scaling a back wall on Tuesday morning.

Students were gunned down and some of the female teachers were burned alive, with pupils made to watch.

The men were reportedly ordered to carry out the attack by Maulana Fazlullah, the country's Taliban leader who also ordered the attempt to kill girls education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

Pakistani Taliban from Peshwar attack

The leader who ordered the bloody attack is the same man who arranged the attempted murder of teenage education campaigner Malala, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, according to the Daily Mail.

Maulana Fazlullah is the head of Pakistan's Taliban and took control of the group 13 months ago. The brutal Peshawar school massacre is thought by some to be revenge for 17-year-old Malala winning the iconic prize to worldwide acclaim.

The Afghan Taliban has even condemned the attack by its Pakistani sister group, branding it "un-Islamic".

The Pakistani Taliban released the pictures with a statement on Wednesday, in which spokesman Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack was justified because the Pakistani army had been killing the children and families of Taliban fighters.

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A harrowing list of children killed in the school massacre emerged on Tuesday, showing "dead" next written next to 19 children - some of whose identities were not yet confirmed.

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

He added these words to his tragic picture: “The schools are supposed to publish results cards. Not this…”

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES BELOW

Pakistani Taliban from Peshwar attack