11 militants carried out Peshawar school attack: police report

Published: December 23, 2014
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In this file photo, a school text book lies on the carpet at an army-run school a day after an attack by Taliban in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

In this file photo, a school text book lies on the carpet at an army-run school a day after an attack by Taliban in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: Eleven terrorists carried out the brutal attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School of which seven went inside the building while four stayed outside for coordination, Express News reported on Tuesday.

According to the initial investigation report on the attack which left over a hundred people, mostly schoolchildren, dead on December 16, the four attackers who were in the vicinity to assist those inside the school building eventually managed to escape through Bihar Colony.

These attackers reportedly entered Peshawar from Landi Kotal the morning of the attack and arrived at 3am in the Bihar Colony area of the city.

Detailing how the attack unfolded, the report stated that the attackers entered the school campus around 10:15am while the first explosion took place at 10:30am.

The report further said that the attackers arrived in two groups, one of which used a Suzuki van belonging to the school. Both groups are believed to have entered the school at the same time.

It added the assailants spent the night at a nearby mosque and used a ladder to jump into the school building.

“The group had entered the provincial capital from Khyber Agency in a vehicle bearing the registration number E-187 Islamabad and used a ladder to jump inside the school building,” the report prepared by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) read.

Further, it added six attackers have been identified, of which two are Afghan nationals, two residents of Khyber Agency and the other two hail from Swat.

Security officials added some suspects were arrested from Bannu and Tehkal areas of the provincial capital and shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation.

The officials also informed that phone records of some suspects have been obtained which will aid in investigations of the attack on the army-run school.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • csmann
    Dec 23, 2014 - 1:22PM

    Escaped with the army all over?!!!!!

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  • Stranger
    Dec 23, 2014 - 1:55PM

    Hunt the leeches down. Show no mercy . Publicly execute them.

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  • Faruq
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:01PM

    Maybe they should consider jamming mobile signals around the area where these attacks take place? It might knock out the terrorists’ communication lines

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  • sana
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:02PM

    4 never entered the School, they escaped as soon as operation started

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  • JD
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:06PM

    army cannot even protect their own areas. How will they protect Pakistan?

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  • khan420
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:15PM

    The interior minister said yesterday that all of the attackers were Pakistani. Now this report says that two were Afghans.

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  • Zubair
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:15PM

    @csmann:
    Yes because they were not holding guns rather informing from which side the army is entering inside the school and how many etc

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  • Wali
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:45PM

    This report, if true, is damning and shameful.

    How perpetrators of such heinous crime managed to coordinate and escape from literally under the noses of the security forces after hours long situation
    In most of the attacks of such nature in Pakistan in recent years nobody is even able to provide the numbers/count of people involved
    Attackers having full inside information
    Access to School Van!

    This being Pakistan of course we will never have a proper investigation end it will never be brought out to own any responsibility.

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  • khan420
    Dec 23, 2014 - 3:19PM

    Okay, now will responsibility be fixed and somebody made to resign, leave alone punished for not doing his job to stop these beasts ??

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  • Feroz
    Dec 23, 2014 - 3:20PM

    How did the attackers come in the Suzuki van belonging to the school ? Did they hijack it or was the driver complicit in the crime ?

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  • burair
    Dec 23, 2014 - 3:47PM

    What do u think the army’s got a sensor to detect terrorists?there were 100s of people with mobiles standing outside through the episode?get ur facts right bofore judging

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 23, 2014 - 4:04PM

    Why do we look up to the army for everything? They are supposed to protect borders and fight mostly foreign enemies. This is the responsibility of the government to protect the life and liberty of its citizens and from the looks of it the government has reneged on its responsibility towards its citizens. Even now the hangings that have happened have been savages convicted by the army. These politicians are craven and want to line up their own pockets, not to mention the fact that many of them are in bed with these demons. This is not conflating issues when I say that when one thousand Pakistani’s show up to the funeral of the first two to be hanged; that Pakistani’s shower rose petals on a murderer who cowardly grabbed a gun and shot an unarmed governor dead. The enemy is really within people and that’s the fact of the matter. Don’t keep your hopes up about what policy they come up with and what policy they actually follow.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 23, 2014 - 5:17PM

    @JD:

    The reason because you are able to comment here today is because of the Army. It is because of the Armed forces that have been manning the borders and keeping us safe from external threats and attacks. Army is not specifically trained for such domestic threats. Each and every building cannot be protected. You want personal protection buy a licensed firearm and stop depending so much on the armed forces.

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  • raider
    Dec 23, 2014 - 7:24PM

    @JD:
    no power in world can be prevented from these very type of attack even you dear can see in Afghanistan the superpower with his vibrant forces , only change within minds would render terrorism to zero

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  • just_someone
    Dec 23, 2014 - 7:38PM

    They stayed at the mosque and no one is held responsible for it nor did anyone from the mosque report this?
    When will we go after the root cause of all the terrorism, the madarsahs and the mosques that preach hatred.

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  • Dec 23, 2014 - 11:12PM

    We all know it just didn’t happen out of the blue! it was well planned and the mosque became shelter of terrorists! That mosque should be investigated, as we may hcdont know whether it is a part of extremist activities! All I know right now, that we Pakistanis need to avenge the death of a part of ourselves as, we are Pakistan!

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