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Pakistani PM Announces Mourning, Vows Fight After School Attack


Distraught parents whose children are trapped in the school arrive close to the school following an attack at the Army run school in Peshawar on December 16.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a three-day mourning period across the country to commemorate victims of a Pakistani Taliban attack that killed more than 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar on December 16.

Speaking after arriving in Peshawar, Sharif said Pakistan will continue to fight terrorism.

He called on all political parties represented in parliament to gather in the northwestern city on December 17 for an emergency special conference to discuss the region's security issues.

The chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pervez Khattak, said that at least 132 people, including 125 children, were killed in the attack.

Security officials said government forces killed five Taliban attackers and that a sixth blew himself up inside the school.

A Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman said the attack was revenge for an operation the military says has killed more than 1,100 Islamist militants in North Waziristan since June.

With reporting by dpa, Reuters, AFP, and dawn.com

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