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Peshawar school attack: Malala Yousafzai 'heartbroken'

2014-12-16 23:58:29


17-yr-old Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai has condemned the "atrocious and cowardly acts" of the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, who killed at least 100 pupils in a school shooting.

Malala moved to Birmingham after she was shot in the head by the Taliban as she made her way home after lessons in the Swat Valley two years ago.

The 17 year-old, who campaigns for the rights of girls to have an education, said of today’s school siege in which a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of 60 youngsters: "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us.

"Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. 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.

"I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."


Volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen


A woman weeps as she waits at a hospital


A man comforts a student standing at the bedside of a boy

Malala escaped death at the hands of the extremists on her school bus as their bullet missed her brain.

She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient and has been jointly awarded the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner.

Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, helped to bring her back to health.

At least 126 people were killed in the worst ever militant attack to hit the troubled region earlier today.

Six Taliban gunmen entered the army-run school, attended by 500 pupils school primarily between five and 14 years-old.

After the suicide bomb attack the shooters went classroom to classroom shooting at random.

Security forces quickly surrounded the area, and officials said though most of the students had been evacuated, it is unclear how many are still being held hostage.

All of the six terrorists have been killed.

A Taliban spokesman said the assault was in response to army operations.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent military offensive in North Waziristan.

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