United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon condemns Pakistan school attack as ‘act of horror’

Rescued students led away from the school.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Tuesday a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school that left at least 130 dead, most of them students.  It is a school for military families, and the Taliban chose it because the military had killed some of its members. Girls and boys were targeted, older students especially, and it is unusual to attack when school is in session.
“It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn,” Ban said at the start of a UN Security Council meeting.

“The hearts of the world go out to the parents and families who have lost loved ones.”

Taliban insurgents stormed the army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, going from classroom to classroom shooting children, some as young as 12, in one of Pakistan’s bloodiest ever attacks. Speaking in a solemn tone, Ban began his address to a council meeting on peacekeeping with the statement condemning what he termed the “blood-curdling attack” in Pakistan.








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