Hundreds of Pakistani students sat in their school auditorium last December, taking a test on first-aid, when they found themselves face-to-face with their own deaths. Everyone became a target, and there was suddenly no place of safety. Students spent what they believed were their last moments on earth praying and hiding. At the end of it all, one hundred thirty two children were murdered, along with ten faculty members, and three Pakistani soldiers, by as many as eight Taliban terrorists.
When one of the terrorist said out loud that many children were hiding under benches, he was told, “Kill them.”
He and the other men pointed their weapons in the breathless air and pulled their triggers, without taking any aim. They ran around the school building screaming, “God is great!”
After the violent murders took place in the school’s auditorium, the terrorists ran through the hallways, penetrating the classroom doors, and shooting anyone who was not already dead. In the halls, some kids were walking from class to class, and being gunned down.
One student, Shahrukh Khan, who is sixteen, was shot in both of his legs while he was hiding with his classmates. “I folded my tie and pushed it into my mouth so that I wouldn’t scream,” he stated.
The terrorists held a plan to distract the school’s security from noticing them. The men picked a car and used bombs to make it explode. Unfortunately, their idea was successful. The murders also killed mostly older students, rather than younger students, because they wanted them and their families to feel their pain.
Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif explained it by saying, “Even the children are dying on the frontline in the war against terror. The smaller the coffin, the heavier it is to carry. … It’s a very, very tragic day.”
At the end of the eight hour war, students were found with their bloody bodies laid on top of each other. Pakistani soldiers came into the classrooms and escorted the lucky kids and staff out of the building, where they stared at their lifeless schoolmates.
Police and detectives then went searching through the bodies, which was when they discovered that all of the Taliban terrorists had died, which is what they planned. The terrorists brought enough ammunition and other supplies with them to last for days. While rummaging, the body of the school’s principal was also found.
For over a decade, there had been constant conflicts between Pakistan and the Talibans. Asif feels that school shooting helps show how much his country must sacrifice to the Taliban men, in order to win and put an end to the insignificant battles. The men that attacked the schools, Army Public School and Degree College, had a motive to kill the kids, rather than hold them hostage.
A Taliban spokesman, Muhammad Umar Khorasani, did not take too long to claim responsibility for the attack, stating six suicide bombers had carried it out as revenge for the killings of some Taliban people by Pakistani authorities. However, it was said there were eight attackers, all dressed in military uniforms.
Tahir Ali told reporters grievingly when his saw his 14-year-old son’s body, “My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now. My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”