On December 16th, 2014, gunmen affiliated with the Taliban conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.
The terrorists entered the school and opened fire on administration members and children, killing 145 people. 132 of them were children between the ages of eight and eighteen years old. A rescue operation was launched by the Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group (SSG) who killed all seven terrorists and rescued 960 people.
Many parents did not understand why their young loved ones were killed as their fathers were not serving in the military, referring to Taliban’s claim for attacking the school because they wanted to kill children of military officials because of a dispute they have against them.
Survivors of Pakistan’s worst-ever militant attack returned to school Monday, January 12th. Across the world, schools had remained closed because of the Dec. 16th atrocity as authorities strengthened security. Students will receive a week of special classes to deal with the traumatic event before normal lessons resume.