Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 141 people — mostly children — in an atrocity that may have been unleashed partly as revenge for a young Pakistani activist being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
The brutal attack, carried out by gunmen from the militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban, which is trying to overthrow the government, sent dozens to hospitals as terrified parents searched for their kids.
A military source said the attackers were wearing police uniforms and suicide vests, NBC News reported.
“They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom,” the source said. “They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch.”
Jamshed Khan, a school bus driver, said: “We were standing outside the school and firing suddenly started and there was chaos everywhere and the screams of children and teachers.”