Terrorism has been an issue for as long as most people can remember, and like any other evil act, it takes in various forms. In order to accomplish their political agenda, terrorists are known in doing the following: kidnapping, bombing, hijacking, and murder.
It is not an unknown fact that, over the years, schools in different parts of the world are slowly becoming battlegrounds for terrorists and trigger-happy criminals. In Islamabad, Pakistan, concerned citizens have started their three days of national mourning for the 145 people who have lost their lives during the ambush in the Army Public School located in Peshawar on Tuesday.
According to the survivors, the cold-hearted terrorists strapped with explosives burst into the army school’s auditorium where many students were taking their exams. The whole thing started in the morning when a vehicle exploded near the school. According to authorities, it was a scheme set by the terror group in order to divert the attention of the school’s security guards to the explosion and not to the walls soon to be climbed by the seven militants. After the well-executed ruse, the gunmen went inside the school and started killing students and members of the school staff. Aside from shooting innocent individuals, the gunmen have also burned some people alive, including the office assistant who was set on fire after being shot. It is because of this why Pakistani authorities strongly believe that the attackers never meant to take any captives for their goal was clearly to kill as many people as they could.
The Taliban revealed that the main reason why they have decided to target the school in Peshawar was because it is the school where most soldiers’ children go to study. The terrorist group further accused the students at the school of following “the path of their fathers and brothers to take part in the fight against tribesmen”. (Karimi et al., 2014). It has been found that the terror group attacked the school in order to avenge the deaths of the children whom the Pakistani soldiers have killed from tribal areas not so long ago.
The Army Public School and Degree College admits those children and teenagers whose parents are soldiers, but the classes it offers are not exclusively for those who aspire to become soldiers like their parents.
The hours-long siege ended at night, and all of the seven militants have been killed. Out of the 145 people who have died, 3 were soldiers, 10 were school staff members, and 132 were students found drenched in their own blood. As of the moment, Pakistani embassies worldwide have made the decision to lower their flag to half-mast.
This horrendous incident is not the first massacre which happened in Pakistan orchestrated by the Taliban. On the 22nd of September last year, around eighty innocent people have been killed by Taliban-linked militants inside a Christian church located in Peshawar. Evidently, this school massacre is one of the plans of Afghan Taliban and Pakistani Taliban to fight for the ideologies they uphold.
Having these in mind, it is clear what the international community ought to do at this point; and that is to act as one and stand up against the growing problem of terrorism all over the world.
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Karimi, F., Botelho, G., Saifi, S. Pakistan Militants: Children’s Massacre was to Avenge Army Strikes. Retrieved from