Pakistani officials have fended off Taliban gunmen who stormed a military school in Peshawar today (December 16, 2014), but not before the attackers killed 132 children and nine staff members, the Breaking Christian News website reports.
"Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That's what they did," military spokesman Asim Bajwa said.
Authorities say most of the victims were students in grades 1-10 at the army public school.
Today's attack is the worst in Pakistan in more than a year. Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the massacre.