Yesterday, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan reached another low in their targeting of civilian targets when they ambushed a school bus with heavy weaponry. This attack was claimed to be a punishment for the families of those who were organizing anti-Taliban militias.
The TTP has continuously targeted civilians in their ongoing resistance against the Pakistan government. Last month over 50 were killed when a suicide bomber attacked the Friday congregation. This was not the first such attack when innocent worshippers were targeted by the TTP. However, murder of school going children is an act that is a new low.
Taliban attack school bus, kill 4 children
By Ali Hazrat Bacha | DAWN.COM
PESHAWAR, Sept 13: Militants attacked a school bus on the Kohat road in the suburbs of the city on Tuesday. Four children and the driver of the bus were killed and 14 children, two woman teachers and two other people were injured.
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack and said it wanted to punish families of the children for organizing anti-Taliban militias.
Superintendent of Police (Rural) Abdul Kalam Khan told Dawn the children from Kalakhel village of Khyber Agency were going home from the Khyber Model School at about 1.50pm when they were attacked.
“We had no information about any possibility of such an attack. However, there were reports about security threats and, therefore, police established checkpoints on the roads in the city,” the SP said.
DSP Sahibzada Sajjad said the van was attacked with rocket-launchers, hand-grenades and Kalashnikovs. In about 10 minutes, the assailants vanished from the area which is hardly 500 meters from the tribal region. (More)
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