According to the CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa “The death toll has shot up by a huge margin and now over 104 people including 84 children are confirmed dead in the deadly Taliban assault. Emergency declared in 4 hospitals in the area. Appeal made to the public to donate blood urgently.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephones interior minister Chaudhary Ali Khan and directs that his ministry assist in handling the crisis as effectively as possible. According to the reports attackers have been ordered to shoot the older students but not the small kids.
The Taliban in a statement to Reuters say that they targeted the school because the army targets their families. “We want them to feel our pain. We target children like the army target ours”.