Peshawar school attack: Malala condemns Taliban's 'cowardly' act of terrorism

The teenager said the terrorists' opponents would 'never be defeated'

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Malala Yousafzai has condemned Taliban's attack on a school in Pakistan as a "senseless and cold-blooded act of terror".

The 17-year-old, who now lives in Birmingham, survived being shot in the head by Islamist militants from the group in 2012 for her campaigning for girls' education.

She said the Taliban's attempt to intimidate their enemies around the world were futile, saying "we will never be defeated".

At least 141 children, teachers and soldiers have been confirmed dead in today's attack at the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar.

A man carries a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School

A teacher was reportedly burned alive in front of pupils as the Taliban sought bloody revenge on the Pakistani army for operations against them.

Malala said: "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."

The 17-year-old has been awarded the Nobel peace prize for her work and continues her campaigns from the UK.

“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." she added.

“I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated.”

Additional reporting by Press Association