Terrorists storm army school in Peshawar, Gunmen hold 500 students hostage

A hospital security guard helps a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar

A hospital security guard helps a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar

NEW DELHI: Terrorists on Tuesday stormed an army school in Peshawar. At least seven people were injured, including five children, when the armed men opened fire on a private school in Peshawar on Tuesday, according to TV reports.

Gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday, military officials at the scene said.

A Reuters journalist at the scene could hear heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it.

Military officials said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.

The Army Public School is located on Warsak Road near Army Housing Colony.

Security forces have cordoned off the school and entered the building. Officials are also monitoring the situation from a helicopter. Attackers and security personnel also exchanged fire inside the school.

Terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for attack.

“Our people successfully entered the army school in Peshawar this morning. We are giving them direct instructions to not harm minors,” TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasni told The Express Tribune.

“Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Operation Khyber-I forced us to take such an extreme step,” he said.