Pakistan: Taliban kill children in attack on school bus
Wednesday 14 September 2011
Pakistan's Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a school bus yesterday which killed five people, saying the children on the bus were from a pro-government tribe.
The attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade and AK-47 assault rifles at the bus in the north-western city of Peshawar, killing four children and the driver. Another 18 people, including 15 children, were wounded.
The Pakistani Taliban have become more brazen since their ally Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid in Pakistan in May. They have carried out high-profile suicide bombings and attacked a major naval base and Western targets. They have also stepped up pressure on tribes who oppose them.
At Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, children lay in beds with shrapnel and bullet wounds, their uniforms soaked in blood. "We were in the van, going home like every day. Suddenly I heard an explosion and gunfire," said eight-year-old Sabir.
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