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Summary

  1. Officials say more than 140 people, mostly children, have been killed in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in north-west Pakistan
  2. Pakistan's security forces say their operation has now ended, with all seven attackers killed
  3. Some pupils, who escaped, earlier said the gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting children indiscriminately
  4. The Taliban say the assault is in response to army operations in North Waziristan and the Khyber area. All times GMT

Live Reporting

By Yaroslav Lukov, Alastair Lawson, Kerry Alexandra, Julia Macfarlane, Sally Taft and Jasmine Coleman

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Pakistani soldiers remain on patrol on the streets of Peshawar overnight, and the army could now push for a more drastic response in the aftermath of Tuesday's attack. You can get all the latest updates on this and other stories on the BBC News website. Thanks for staying with us.

  2. Post update

    This brings to an end our live coverage of the storming of the army-run school in Peshawar by Taliban gunmen. The attack left at least 141 people dead - 132 of them children - and many others wounded.

    Injured pupils at Peshawar hospital
  3. Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Reuters Pakistan Correspondent

    tweets: Nothing I've ever reported before prepared me for today. My thoughts today were utterly selfish: my brothers, parents, my heartbeats. Be safe

  4. Post update

    In the aftermath of the attack it may now be dawning on Pakistan's generals and politicians that Sunni extremists present an existential threat to their own country, a commentary in the Financial Times says. It describes events on Tuesday as "one of the darkest days in the country's history".

  5. Jonathan Rugman, Foreign Affairs Editor, Channel 4 News

    tweets: Afghan Taliban: "The Islamic Emirate...is shocked at the incident and shares the pain of the families of children killed in the attack."

  6. Post update

    Mike Wooldridge

    BBC World Affairs correspondent

    The Afghan Taliban have criticised Tuesday's attack as un-Islamic. The group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that they were sending their condolences to the families of the children killed in the attack and shared their sadness. The Afghan Taliban are stepping up their attacks in Afghanistan and share roots with the Pakistani Taliban. They usually share the same ideology too.

  7. Talat Aslam, senior editor, The News (Karachi)

    tweets: Seems stupid, but even this twitter catharsis is therapeutic. Feel stronger knowing I'm not alone & many, many others share my anger, pain

  8. Post update

    The deputy leader of the PTI party - which leads the coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province - tells the BBC that no amount of security could prevent random acts of violence from occurring. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that provincial capital Peshawar is always on a state of high alert, adding that the people of Pakistan needed to be united in facing their enemies and that a "collective strategy" was necessary to deal with the "menace of terrorism".

  9. Post update

    PTI chief Imran Khan has announced that he will call off his 18 December nationwide strike following the massacre in the school, the APP news agency says.

  10. Post update

    Pakistani mourners carry the coffin of a teacher killed during the attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar

    Pakistani mourners carry the coffin of a teacher during his funeral following the attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar.

  11. Post update

    Schools in Pakistan have long been in the crosshairs, the Guardian's Jason Burke writes. More than 1,000 have been destroyed by Islamist militants from one faction or another in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the past five years. The institutions are seen to represent un-Islamic government authority.

  12. Post update

    James Robbins

    Diplomatic correspondent

    says previous terrorist attacks in Pakistan have not produced consistent responses from the authorities. The 2008 bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killed 53 people, prompting the the government and the military to launch a major offensive, but they remained divided over who to blame: extremists citing Islam, or America for going after them. In 2012, Pakistani Taliban gunmen seriously injured the 14-year-old campaigner for girls' rights Malala Yousafzai, accused of "promoting secularism". Again, there was a brief upsurge of anger... Then, this June government peace talks with the Taliban collapsed after a murderous assault on Karachi's international airport,.

  13. Post update

    Pakistani army spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa briefs the media

    Pakistani army spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa - who provided detailed information about the attack - on Tuesday was at the centre of attention of the Pakistani and world media.

  14. Post update

    "We support the measures undertaken by the government of Pakistan aimed at the extermination of the hotbeds of terrorism," a statement by the Russian foreign ministry quoted by the APP says. "We expect Pakistan to continue with its uncompromising struggle to eliminate the extremist infrastructure. Russia is ready to proceed with assisting the Pakistani government in its efforts to fight terror."

  15. Hirba Ifran, Student, Lahore

    emails: I am studying in my first year. Should I be killed too? This act completely showed that terrorists are not against the children of Pakistan but against humanity. Isn't this our right to get an education?

  16. Narendra Modi, Indian PM

    @narendramodi

    tweets: In the wake of dastardly attack in Pakistan, I appeal to schools across India to observe 2 mins of silence tomorrow as a mark of solidarity.

  17. Post update

    Indian PM Narindra Modi has telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to express his deep grief and sorrow over the killing of innocent people in Peshawar, the Pakistani APP news agency reports.

  18. Post update

    Shaimaa Khalil

    BBC News, Peshawar

    tweets: Insidel Lady Reading hospital -This man learned that his brother was killed in #PeshawarSchoolAttack more @bbcnews Six

    A man cries after learning that his brother was killed
  19. Post update

    On air at 1800GMT the BBC's World Have Your Say will be speaking to people across Pakistan, to hear reaction to the attack. Listen Live here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02dwbkn) and get in touch; you can tweet us @BBC_WHYS.

  20. Post update

    The Pakistani APP news agency has produced a chronology of the attack:

    • Initially a suicide bomber managed to enter the auditorium of the school where a seminar was under way and blew himself up amid a group of students
    • Other armed militants wearing military uniforms then forced their way into the school, some firing indiscriminately and others taking the principal, about 20 teachers and a group of 34 students hostage for eight hours
    • The army operation against the militants began at 10:00 local time (05:00 GMT) and ended at 18:00 (13:00 GMT). The teachers and students held hostage were freed
    • Four of the attackers blew themselves up while two were shot dead by the security forces at midday
    • The last two gunmen, who were holding the teachers and pupils, were shot dead after a fierce gun battle (other reports suggested seven gunmen were involved in the attack)
  21. Post update

    Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School

    Outpourings of grief are taking place all over Peshawar well into the night as the city tries to come to terms with one of Pakistan's deadliest terror attacks.

  22. Post update

    A plainclothes security officer evacuates pupils from a school close to the one attacked by the Taliban militants in Peshawar

    Schools across Peshawar were evacuated after the attack as a precaution. Here, a plainclothes security officer is seen taking pupils to safety.

  23. Post update

    Thousands of Indians are sending a message of support to Pakistan on Twitter in the wake of the Taliban school massacre in Peshawar, BBC Trending reports.

  24. Hameed Rabbani, parent of child injured in the attack

    emails: I cannot find words to describe what we have lived today here. My 15-year-old son was wounded by a bullet. He was hit on the left side of the head, above the ear. He is in hospital now and doctors say the wound is not serious. The bullet just touched his head. I was in the office when I heard that something had happened at the school. I was hoping to find my son but I could not go in, security were not allowing anyone to do so. Thankfully, I got a call from the hospital to say that my son was there.

  25. Post update

    M Ilyas Khan

    BBC News, Islamabad

    reports on the backlash against the Pakistani Taliban after the attack.

  26. Post update

    Sajid Khalid - who lives in the British city of Birmingham - attended the school in Peshawar as a child and his relatives were there during the attack. "I was shocked because most of our family, kids, they live locally - just two miles away, and most of the students they study in the school," he told the BBC. "So totally I was horrified. Straight away I just rang my brother. He was crying. I thought - is everything OK? He says no, my kids are OK but I'm in hospital with the other kids - like from seven to 14-15 year olds and dead bodies everywhere."

  27. RaniMukherjee

    tweets: The #PeshawarAttack makes you want to sit down and cry some where.. My head can't stop thinking of those little souls.!

  28. 'I saw death'

    More from Shahrukh Khan: "The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again," he said. "My body was shivering. I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching me - I felt as though it was death that was approaching me."

  29. Post update

    Teenager Shahrukh Khan describes how he managed to survive the attack. "I saw a pair of big black boots coming towards me, this guy was probably hunting for students hiding beneath the benches," he told the AFP news agency. He says he decided to play dead, despite being shot in both legs, by stuffing his tie into his mouth to stifle his screams.

  30. BBC's Amber Shamsi, Peshawar

    reports that the attackers entered the school with supplies, preparing for a long haul.

  31. Post update

    Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during the attack

    Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan - a 15-year-old student who was killed during the attack - at his house in Peshawar.

  32. Post update

    More from British PM David Cameron (see 16:12 entry). He says: "The scale of what has happened in Pakistan simply defies belief. It is a dark, dark day for humanity when something on this scale happens with no justification. There is not a belief system in the world that can justify such an act. I think what this shows is the worldwide threat that is posed by this poisonous ideology of extremist Islamist terrorism."

  33. Post update

    Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif has announced three days of national mourning, the Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reports. The paper's website has changed the usual red colour of "The Express" words of its title into black, in what appears to be a sign of mourning. (BBC Monitoring).

  34. Post update

    A policeman stands beside empty coffins at the hospital after the attack in Peshawar

    Funerals have been taken place across Peshawar following the school attack.

  35. Post update

    More from army spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa: "[The militants] were contained and pushed back [before they were] confined into one block, where they were killed finally in the evening. "There were about 1,100 students and staff who were registered in this school. Out of them, 960 have been rescued by our security forces, especially the special services group."

  36. 'Dream killed'

    "My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,'' distraught father Tahir Ali is quoted by the AP news agency as saying. Speaking while collecting the body of 14-year-old son Abdullah from hospital, he said: "My son was my dream. My dream has been killed."

  37. Post update

    Survivor Said (left) speaks to BBC's Shaimaa Khalil

    The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil in Peshawar has just spoken to Said - one of the survivors of the attack. Said, who was shot in the arm, said he survived by hiding under the chair.

  38. Post update

    More comment from the Taliban in their efforts to justify the attack: "What about our kids and children?" alleged commander Jihad Yar Wazir is quoted as asking the Daily Beast. "The parents of the army school are army soldiers and they are behind the massive killing of our kids and indiscriminate bombing in North and South Waziristan. To hurt them at their safe haven and homes - such an attack is perfect revenge."

  39. Post update

    The attackers "didn't take any hostages initially and started firing in the hall" as soon as they entered the school premises, military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa says.

  40. Post update

    Members of Pakistan's civil society and journalists light candles for the Peshawar victims in Islamabad

    In Islamabad, activists and journalists lit candles in memory of the Peshawar victims, demanding an end to violent attacks.

  41. Post update

    The number of people killed in the Peshawar assault has now surpassed the previous worst terrorist attack in Pakistan's history - the tragedy on the Meena bazaar in 2009, the Guardian reports.

  42. Post update

    British Prime Minister David Cameron says the school attack is a "a dark, dark day for humanity".

  43. Post update

    The militants made no demands; they started killing children as soon as they entered the school, the Pakistani army is quoted as saying by Reuters.

  44. BreakingBreaking News

    Pakistan's army spokesman Asim Bajwa says 132 children and nine staff members were killed in the attack.

  45. Post update

    Shaimaa Khalil

    BBC News, Peshawar

    What we are yet to know is whether all the children have been evacuated or if some are still in the school. That is really what many of the parents here [at the school] are worried about - they want to know if these other children are OK.

  46. BBC Outside Source

    tweets: AUDIO: Eyewitness at #Peshawar hospital says 1000s trying to donate blood http://bbc.in/16pyCmF pic.twitter.com/EwqnXpsCyg

    Crowds outside Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar
  47. Post update

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein - the first Muslim and the first Arab to hold the office - accuses the Taliban of "sinking to an all-time depth" in carrying out the attack. He says the group's ideology "bears no resemblance to any religion or any cultural norm".

  48. Capital TV

    tweets: The security personnel are now carrying out clearance operation: our correspondent Muhammad Shoaib reports #PeshawarAttack

  49. Post update

    The Pakistani Taliban has grown more extreme and violent as its circumstances have grown more dire, the Guardian's Jason Burke reports. He says that the movement has recently been divided by bitter internal competition and that when militants organisations do this, they "often become more extreme as individual commanders and their followers seek to prove themselves the most effective, and the most audacious".

  50. Street patrols

    Pakistani soldiers patrol the streets of Peshawar

    Although the army says the attack on the school is now over, soldiers are continuing to patrol the streets of Peshawar.

  51. Post update

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon describes the attack as "an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenceless children while they learn". He adds that "no cause can justify such brutality and no grievance can excuse such horror".

  52. Post update

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemns the attack as a "wild act". He says killing innocent children is an absolutely un-Islamic and inhuman act. The BBC's Mike Wooldridge says that both Afghanistan and Pakistan face continual attacks by their respective Taliban movements, and both have frequently accused each other of supporting militant extremism.

  53. Post update

    Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid tells the BBC the Taliban raid was "a revenge attack, as many children in the school are sons and daughters of army officers". Mr Rashid adds it was also "an attempt to unify the Taliban, who are currently divided"

  54. Post update

    Pakistani troops are positioned close to a school during the attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar (16 December 2014)

    Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops sealed off the area, taking up positions around the school in Peshawar.

  55. Get in touch

    Mohammed Tayyab (@tayyabm76) in Islamabad tweets: "This has shaken us.. badly shaken. Whoever i am talking to, is in tears... We, as a nation must change our direction."

  56. Post update

    "The carnage struck at the heart of Pakistan's military - one of the nation's most highly respected institutions - which is seen as the guardians of stability in a turbulent region and an important bridge between Pakistan and Western allies such as the United States," the Washington Post reports.

  57. Post update

    Crowds outside Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar

    Shocked relatives have been waiting outside Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital - desperate to hear about the fate of their loved ones.

  58. Post update

    "This is the world's loss," Mr Kerry says. "This act of terror angers and shakes all people of conscience, and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible."

  59. Post update

    Following on from President Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry describes the attack as "absolutely gut wrenching... A house of learning turned into a house of unspeakable horror".

  60. Post update

    Pakistan's MQM party leader Altaf Hussain is the latest politician strongly to denounce the attack. "I call upon the authorities to take all necessary action to bring the perpetrators of the abhorrent attack to justice," he says.

  61. BreakingBreaking News

    Pakistani officials say the attack is now over, with all of the attackers killed, although security forces are still checking for bombs.

  62. Post update

    Mohammad Khurasani added: "These are the soldiers who have thrown their bodies in sacks. We were forced to make this decision, so that they should be hurt in their homes. When you are wounded in your own home then you realise. They burnt our homes and we were forced to set their homes on fire."

  63. Post update

    The Pakistani Taliban have attempted to justify the attack. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani says it was a response to anti-militant offensives in North Waziristan and the Khyber region. "The children of our tribes are our children. The women of our tribes are our mothers and our sisters. Six hundred people have been killed in just one year, innocent people who were killed, their bodies mangled."

  64. 'Easy target'

    The school in Peshawar was an "easy target for the terrorists", local resident Asfandy Yar tells the BBC Radio 5live. He says the attack was "very prepared".

  65. Post update

    A man lights candles to mourn the Peshawar victims in Karachi, southern Pakistan

    Across Pakistan, people have been mourning the victims of the Peshawar school attack.

  66. Post update

    More from President Obama's statement. It says: "Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity."

  67. Home Department KPK

    @htakpk

    tweets: Police sweep grounds of #ArmyPublicSchool for any possibility of explosives. Clearing operation in aftermath of #PeshawarAttack in progress.

  68. Post update

    US President Barack Obama in a statement condemns the "horrific" attack and reiterates his support for the efforts of the Pakistani government "to combat terrorism and extremism".

  69. Pakistan PM's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif

    tweets: The biggest human tragedy Pakistan may have ever seen. No words can suffice. Even as a mother it haunts me to even try to relate. Allah Rehm

  70. Post update

    Shaimaa Khalil

    BBC News, Peshawar

    says it remains unclear whether the army operation is over. She says parents are distraught and want to know whether all the children have been evacuated from the school.

  71. BreakingPM Nawaz Sharif reaches Peshawar

    The Express Tribune reports that PM Nawaz Sharif has now reached Peshawar and is being briefed on the army's operation.

  72. Haroon Rashid, BBC Urdu

    @TheHaroonRashid

    tweets: Pak Foreign Office says nation stands united in condemning heinous crime/remains resolute to eliminate terrorism from its soil

  73. Post update

    Dr Hamidullah, who works at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, tells the BBC that a number of those being treated have head and chest injuries.

  74. BreakingBreaking News

    The death toll has now been raised to 135, with 114 people injured - the Health Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw province, Mustaq Jadoon, tells the APP news agency.

  75. Post update

    Jill McGivering

    BBC News

    Children who escaped the attack describe seeing friends shot dead in front of them, and the bodies of children lying in classrooms and corridors, the BBC's Jill McGivering reports. Many say the gunmen chased children down corridors and went from room to room, opening fire at random.

  76. Dr Asif Sohrab

    on Facebook says: 2,3 funerals in every street of Peshawar. In my street there are 3! Peshawar bleeds, Pakistan cries.

  77. Post update

    Pakistani schoolgirls in Hyderabad pray for victims in Peshawar

    Pakistani schoolgirls pray for the victims of the Peshawar attack during a memorial ceremony in their school Hyderabad.

  78. Post update

    Pakistani parents - accompanied by a soldier - rush their children to safety

    Terrified parents - accompanied by police and the army - have been rushing their children from the area.

  79. Post update

    According to DawnNews, another injured schoolchild has succumbed to his wounds at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, raising the death toll to 131.

  80. Shlipa Kannan, BBC News in Delhi

    @shilpakannan

    tweets: - O Negative blood needed in CMH & LadyReading hosp in #Peshawar CMH saved #MalalaYousafzai - hopefully they save many more Malalas today!

  81. Post update

    A Pakistani army spokesman says six suspected militants are dead and the operation against them is nearly over.

  82. Businesses to observe a day of mourning

    Businesses are to remain closed in Peshawar on Wednesday, and traders' associations across Pakistan have announced that they are to observe a day of mourning, the Express Tribune reports.

  83. Post update

    Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has told India's NDTV of his outrage at the attack. "I beg the Taliban, take me and leave these children," he is reported as saying.

  84. General Asim Bajwa, Pakistan Army Spokesperson

    @AsimBajwaISPR

    tweets: "#Psr Update: Latest; 7 more male staff members and 4 lady teachers rescued by SSG. Closing up"

  85. Engr. Wajahat, social media coordinator, Pakistan People's Party

    @wajahatullahkh7

    tweets this picture of people gathering outside a blood bank in Peshawar to donate.

    People outside blood bank in Peshawar
  86. Analysis

    Owen Bennett-Jones

    BBC News

    says reports that accuse the gunmen of being foreign fighters should be treated with caution.

    "Whilst some Pakistanis accuse outside elements such as the Indian intelligence agencies or foreign fighters as being responsible for the attack, in fact, students at the school have said that the gunmen had Pashtu accents," he says.

    "Many Pakistanis are in denial about the fact that the Pakistani Taliban is an indigenous movement and that the violence in northern Pakistan is part a civil conflict."

  87. BreakingMalala 'heartbroken'

    Malala Yousafzai

    Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has released a statement:

    "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable. I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."

  88. Post update

    To recap, officials say at least 126 people - mostly children - have been killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Many more are injured. Pakistan's security forces are struggling to regain control of the school, hours after it was stormed by militants.

  89. Post update

    Pakistani woman reacts as she arrives near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on 16 December 2014

    The attack in Peshawar is being seen as the worst in Pakistan in recent times.

  90. Get in touch

    haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

    Aimal Wagas in Rawalpindi, Pakistan emails: "I am a Pakistani student. I am 13 years old. Please help us. Taking innocent lives is not just a little thing. Please can you just spread the message that we are innocent, we don't want any of this."

  91. Asim Bajwa, Pakistani military communications

    @AsimBajwaISPR

    tweets:#Psr Update:2 more children,2 teachers rescued.6th terrorist killed in last block.IEDs planted by terrorists hamper speed of clearance

  92. Syed Talat Hussain, Saach TV journalist

    @TalatHussain12

    tweets: The terrorists, as I had reported earlier, came to kill and be killed. This makes rescuing those trapped hugely challenging, says a source.

  93. Post update

    The Express Tribune newspaper in Pakistan is reporting sounds of explosions and firing continuing in the area around the school, as more security personnel arrive to take part in the operation against the militants.

  94. Home Department KPK, regional government, Pakistan

    @htakpk

    tweets: One of the students of #ArmyPublicSchool says that the terrorists had foreign accent and were talking in Arabic.

  95. Get in touch

    haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

    Shahid Khan in Pakistan emails: "We Pakistanis are the most affected from terrorist attacks. For more than 10 years there are attacks on mosques, shopping malls, on hotels. God help us, it's really sad day for me."

  96. Francois Hollande, President of France

    @fhollande

    Francois Hollande, tweets: I strongly condemn the despicable attack against a school in Peshawar this morning that caused the deaths of more than 80 children

  97. PM calls for conference

    PM Nawaz Sharif has called for all parties to hold a conference in Peshawar on Tuesday following the attack, according to the newspaper Dawn.

  98. Get in touch

    @MianFarhanRaza tweeted this picture from the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar as many people gather and queue to give blood.

    People gather outside the blood bank
  99. Post update

    Shaimaa Khalil

    BBC News, Pakistan

    tweets: "Jam Packed roads in #Peshawar- traffic jams - streets chockablock - hearing sirens - #PeshawarSchoolAttack"

    shaimaa 16 december 2014
  100. Shiraz Maher, analyst

    @ShirazMaher

    tweets: Too many Pakistani politicians are soft footed when talking about the Taliban. They equivocate rather than challenge. #PeshawarAttack

  101. 'Pretended to be dead'

    Shireen Khalid Wadud told the BBC that her friend's 13-year-old daughter was at the school in Peshawar when the gunmen burst in. "She pretended to be dead," she said. "When the gunmen left the class, she ran and managed to escape.

    "She was the only person who could escape from the class... She is wounded in her leg, but fortunately it is not serious. She is in hospital. She is very panicked and she is frightened."

  102. Post update

    The US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has released a statement expressing "deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday's heinous attack".

    He said: "The United States strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and all who fight the menace of terrorism."

  103. Post update

    A doctor at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar has told BBC World News that some students were shot in the head and chest, while others died in a suicide bomb attack in their school playground.

  104. Post update

    Umar Butt, Lahore

    Umar Butt in Lahore, Pakistan emails: I did my matriculation from the same school in 1995. I feel as if my memories have been shot by these aliens. This is by far the saddest day of my life and I feel so very much for the kids who lost their lives and for the families who lost their most precious gifts.

  105. Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Novel Peace Prize winner

    @k_satyarthi

    tweets: Over 100 children massacred in school in #PeshawarAttack. My heart bleeds for bereaved families. One of the darkest days of humanity.

  106. Analysis

    Owen Bennett-Jones

    BBC News

    This attack is a retaliation against the Pakistan army. For the last few months the Pakistan army has intensified its offensive in tribal areas against the Pakistan Taliban and now the Pakistan Taliban has given its response. For years politicians have hesitated to back the army campaign against the Pakistan Taliban, but this attack might change that. Within hours of the attack Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave an uncharacteristically clear statement against the attackers. And the opposition leader Imran Khan called off a lockdown he had planned for the 18 December. It may be that by killing too many children, the Pakistan Taliban has managed to unite the politicians and the army.

  107. Post update

    PM Nawaz Sharif has told reporters in Peshawar that attacks of this kind are to be expected in the wake of Pakistan's military operations against the Taliban, according to Dawn.

    "I feel that until and unless this country is cleansed from terrorism, this war and effort will not stop, no one should be doubtful of this," he said.

    "Such attacks are expected in the wake of a war and the country should not lose its strength."

  108. Post update

    A Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack in a school, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, 16 December 2014

    Most of those hurt in the attack are believed to be aged under 15.

  109. Post update

    Shahzeb Jillani

    BBC News

    says a fifth attacker at the school has been killed.

  110. 'Children of army officers'

    Earlier, Taliban expert Ahmed Rashid told the BBC World Service that militants had attacked "something which is very sensitive to the army".

    "Many of the soldiers and officers fighting the Taliban have their children in this school so this is an attempt to demoralise the military," he said.

  111. 'Entering every classroom'

    Eyewitness accounts are continuing to come in. Mudassir Awan, a worker at the school, earlier told Reuters he had seen six people scaling the walls of the school. "We thought it must be the children playing some game," he said. "But then we saw a lot of firearms with them.

    "As soon as the firing started, we ran to our classrooms...They were entering every class and they were killing the children."

  112. Post update

    Shahzeb Jillani

    BBC News

    says Pakistani army head Raheel Sharif is on his way to Peshawar and people will be waiting to hear how the military will respond to this attack in coming days.

  113. India's Modi condemns attack

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the school attack in Peshawar.

    He tweets: "It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school."

    And: My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain & offer our deepest condolences.

  114. Rafia Zakaria, Dawn columnist

    @rafiazakaria

    tweets: Eyewitness schoolboy on assailants "they were dressed in white, were young and began to fire indiscriminately into the yard" #PeshawarSiege

  115. Taliban expert speaks to BBC World Service

    BBC World Update has been speaking to Taliban expert Ahmed Rashid, who has been outlining reasons why the Taliban would attack the school at this time. He suggests:

    • To demoralise the military
    • Malala Yousafzai just won the Nobel Peace Prize
    • Peshawar has become an ungovernable city; terrorism is now rampant
  116. Asim Bajwa, military communications

    @AsimBajwaISPR

    tweets:#Psr Update: Terrorists pushed & confined to last of 4 blocks of school. 4 terrorists killed so far. Search for remaining on, Clearance underway

  117. Post update

    map

    Map showing the location of the Peshawar Army Public School that is under attack from Taliban gunmen.

  118. The nurses of Peshawar

    A recent article by the Express Tribune drew attention to the nurses of Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where the injured from today's attacks are being treated. The nurses there frequently respond to bomb attacks and similar incidents due to the ongoing conflict against the Taliban.

    "When you stuff bodies in sacks and tear shroud regularly…Those things can drive you crazy" - Nasreen Qayyum, Head Nurse at LRH

  119. Home Department KPK, provincial government

    @htakpk

    tweets: "Death toll reaches to more than 126 in the #PeshawarAttack. #PakArmy operation still underway. Firing again starts after lull of 30 minutes"

  120. BreakingBreaking News

    The death toll has now risen to 126 killed, and 122 have been injured in the Peshawar attack, officials say. Some 84 are believed to be children.

  121. Asad Khaweja, radio host

    @asadmkh

    tweets: It's time for a media blackout of TTP. No quotes, explanations, updates, nothing. They've made their statement. No more. Shut off the oxygen

  122. BreakingBreaking News

    Explosions heard at the Peshawar school attacked by Taliban militants.

  123. Post update

    A student cries on a man"s shoulder, after he was rescued from the Army Public School that in under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014

    A student weeps on a man's shoulder after he was rescued from the school.

  124. Shashank Joshi, Analyst

    @shashj

    tweets: Can't think of a bloodier attack in Pakistan in recent years. Death toll already bigger than last year's awful Peshawar church bombing.

  125. 'Hid under tables'

    Eyewitnesses have told reporters that the attack began when five or six armed men scaled the school walls and opened fire. One eyewitness said they tried to shut the classroom doors, but the gunmen broke them down:

    "We ducked under the tables and chairs, but they shot at our heads and legs. The kept firing and coming further inside the room, but we did not move because they shot at anyone who moved. We continued to hide under the tables and chairs."

  126. Post update

    Pakistani paper the Express Tribune is reporting that the death toll has now risen to over 120. The paper adds that two fresh blasts have been heard from within the vicinity and firing is still going on.

  127. Ovais Jafar, journalist

    @ovaisjafar

    tweets: Three terrorists killed by security forces, one detonated his suicide vest... sources. #PeshawarAttack

  128. Post update

    The Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has condemned the attack in Peshawar, saying it has exposed the "real face of terrorism".

    He tweets: "I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on a school at Peshwar."

    And: "My heart goes out to the families of those children who got killed by the terrorists in Peshwar. I express my condolences to those families."

  129. Post update

    PM Nawaz Sharif has reached Peshawar to oversee the operation against the gunmen, according to Dawn.

  130. Post update

    The BBC's Aamer Ahmed Khan says the Pakistani Taliban has never attacked a school building with children inside before. He says the scale of the assault may be an indication of the militants' frustration and anger at recent losses to the army.

  131. Post update

    #PeshawarAttack is now the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Pakistan, and is also trending worldwide.

  132. Adam Roberts, The Economist's South Asia Bureau Chief

    @ARobertsjourno

    tweets: Could this be end of Pakistan Taliban? Hard to imagine who, even among militant extremists, could stomach supporting it now. #PeshawarAttack

  133. Post update

    A Pakistani woman weeps as she waits at a hospital, where victims of a Taliban attack are being treated in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

    A Pakistani woman weeps as she waits outside the hospital where the injured are being treated in Peshawar.

  134. Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

    @ImranKhanPTI

    tweets: Shocked at attack on school in Peshawar. Strongly condemn this inhuman act of utter barbarism.

  135. Post update

    Children are still being held hostage by Taliban gunmen - according to a Pakistani official in the military reported by Reuters.

  136. Post update

    BBC Monitoring

    Pakistanis are calling for blood donations on Twitter in efforts to save children and others injured. Users are retweeting telephone numbers of the hospitals in Peshawar and urging locals to go and donate blood.

    User Hamza writes: "Lady Reading & CMH need blood donations urgently contact 03139872057, 03009053727 #PeshawarAttack".

    Another user "Saba sheikh.D" wrote: "urgent ! O negative blood is needed at Lady Reading Hosp plz plz rush thr #PeshawarAttack"

  137. Post update

    The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the largest party in the KPK province, tweets that its chairman, Imran Khan, is heading to Peshawar immediately:

    "Chairman Imran Khan, Jehangir Tareen, Naeemul Haq leaving for Peshawar shortly #PeshawarAttack#KPKUpdates"

  138. Post update

    For more information about the Taliban conflict in Pakistan, visit the BBC's Special Report page.

  139. Tweet @BBC_HaveYourSay

    Hassam tweets: I hope Pakistanis would stop criticising #Malala & deeming her attack as a fabrication now that another school has endured terror. #Pakistan

  140. Tahirul Qadri, influential Canada-based cleric

    @TahirulQadri

    tweets: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri strongly condemns the attack on children's school in #Peshawar

  141. Post update

    A Pakistani army soldier takes position on a bunker close to a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, 16 December 2014.

    A Pakistani army soldier takes position on a bunker close to the school.

  142. Post update

    If you are seeing the abbreviation KPK used a lot, it stands for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the north-western province in Pakistan which borders Afghanistan.

  143. Post update

    "We targeted the school because the army targets our families. We want them to feel our pain," Reuters news agency quotes the Taliban as saying.

  144. Post update

    The provincial government has announced three days of mourning, according to The Express Tribune.

  145. Post update

    Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reports that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the Peshawar school attack is a national crisis. "I will monitor the operation personally from Peshawar," he says.

  146. Asad Hashim, journalist

    @AsadHashim

    tweets: KPK Chief Minister says 24 dead bodies are in Lady Reading Hospital, while 60 are at the Combined Military Hospital

  147. Post update

    Mamnoon Hussain in July 2013

    Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has condemned the attack, APP news agency reports. He expressed deep grief over the loss of innocent lives and stressed the need to bring the culprits to justice.

  148. Post update

    Shahzeb Jillani

    BBC News

    Latest figures are now 104 killed (including 84 students) in the Peshawar school attack, according to chief minister KPK Pervez Khattak.

  149. Email HaveYourSay@bbc.co.uk

    Shireen in Peshawar emailed: "Not only have they attached the school and held the students hostage, they are not letting any one enter or leave the building. The roads across Peshawar are blocked and both the students and their parents are in a constant state of panic."

  150. Post update

    Peshawar attack 16 december 2014

    An ambulance drives away from the school in Peshawar under attack from Taliban militants.

  151. Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

    Naeem Khan in Peshawar told the BBC: "I was in area when I heard a blast. It was huge. I moved nearer to the place where sound came from. Security forces wouldn't allow anyone to go in. The media weren't allowed in either at that time."

  152. Post update

    The dead are believed to include many schoolchildren as well as teachers and a paramilitary soldier.

  153. Post update

    peshawar tv 16 december 2014

    Local TV stations show wounded children in hospital following the attack.

  154. Post update

    Local media are reporting that the death toll has risen to at least 50.

  155. Post update

    The phrases 'Army Public School' and 'Warsak Road', the location of the school, are trending on Twitter in Pakistan.

  156. Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's largest Islamic party

    @JIPOfficial

    tweets: We strongly condemn the attack on Peshawar school. Attack on innocent children in the name of religion is not acceptable.

  157. Post update

    BBC Monitoring

    Pakistan's Urdu TV channel Geo News cites security forces as saying three attackers have been killed in the operation at the Peshawar school.

  158. 'Beating the children'

    A physics lab assistant at the school, Mudassir Awan, described how the attack unfolded: "As soon as the firing started, we ran to our classrooms. A party was being held for classes nine and ten and so a small number of children were there. On the upper floor, exams were being held for classes eleven and twelve... I saw the attackers. There were six or seven men. They were entering every class and they were beating the children."

  159. Tweet us

    @RiazToori

    in Pakistan tweets: Talked to my cousin who is Surgeon in LRH says "My heart is going out, all children are targeted on their chests like snipers have attacked"

  160. Post update

    map

    The attack is taking place in Peshawar, the largest city in northwest Pakistan, with a population of around four million people. The Taliban have stepped up attacks in recent years in the north-west close to the border with Afghanistan.

  161. Post update

    Aamer Ahmed Khan, editor of the BBC Urdu Service, says the schoolchildren are all believed to be under the age of 15. Those injured have been taken to Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital.

  162. Amber Rahim Shamsi

    @AmberRShamsi

    tweets: KPK Health minister tells @BBCUrdu that 23 have died in the attack on army-run school in Peshawar, incl 1 guard and 1 teacher

  163. Post update

    Our correspondent says the army-run school is on a main road in northern Peshawar with a number of other schools on.

  164. Post update

    Shaimaa Khalil

    BBC News

    says a member of the Taliban called a BBC journalist and said it was their men who went into the school.

  165. Post update

    A school worker and a student interviewed by the local Geo TV station said the attackers had entered the Army Public School's auditorium, where a military team was conducting first-aid training for students.

  166. Post update

    The army says most of the school's 500 students have been evacuated.

  167. Post update

    Screengrab of TV footage showing injured boy after Peshawar school attack

    Local television images showed injured children being rushed away for treatment.

  168. Post update

    Schoolchildren cross a road as they move away from a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, 16 December 2014

    Schoolchildren are pictured moving away from the school as it comes under attack from Taliban gunmen.

  169. Post update

    The militants purportedly claimed the attack was an act of revenge for fighters killed in an ongoing military offensive against Taliban strongholds near Peshawar.

  170. Post update

    Some 500 students are believed to have been at the Army Public School. It is not clear how many have been taken hostage.

  171. Post update

    At least 20 people, 15 of them children, have reportedly been killed and others taken hostage in an assault by five or six militants wearing security uniforms.

  172. Post update

    Welcome to the BBC's live updates on the storming of an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar by Taliban gunmen.