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Teacher learned son was dead as she identified staff bodies

A teacher whose son was among the 132 children massacred by the Taliban at a school in Pakistan has told ITV News she learned of his death after being asked to identify the bodies of her colleagues.

Parents have tentatively returned their children to other schools in the area, three days after the killings in Peshawar that shocked the world.

Pakistan has meanwhile executed two convicted militants, the country's first state killings in years, after the government reinstated the death penalty following the massacre that killed 148 people.

ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports from Peshawar.

Taliban 'vow to attack more schools and civilians'

The Taliban ringleader of the Peshawar school massacre has vowed to hit more children and civilian targets in a newly-released video, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Khalifa Omar Mansoor said the group would strike in revenge for Pakistani military operations in the country's Northern Waziristan province, on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

This is something we cannot accept anymore, and if you continue to target our women and children, then your children will not be safe anymore. We announce that we will not discriminate in our attacks any longer, and will be as unconcerned as you are. I want to tell the Pakistan government, and the directors, teachers and students of the army’s affiliated institutions, that you are the ones strengthening this un-Islamic democratic system.

– Khalifa Omar Mansoor


Pakistani army kill 67 militants near Afghan border

Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said, days after the Taliban killed 148 people - mostly children - in a school massacre.

The Pakistani army, pictured going into the school on December 17. Credit: Reuters

The mass attack on children has stunned the country and brought cries for retribution.

In the past few days the military have struck a number of targets in the Khyber region, and approved the death penalty for six convicted terrorists.

Khyber borders Peshawar, where the massacre took place, and militants traditionally attacked the city before fleeing into the tribal area where they cannot be chased.

The government is appearing to demonstrate its commitment to fighting terrorism, but this was somewhat undermined by the decision to grant bail to the main suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi. The government said it is trying to cancel the bail.

Indian protests commemorate Pakistani terror victims

Students sit with placards for the victims of the Taliban attack in Karachi. Credit: Reuters

A number of protests and ceremonies for have been taking place across India in memory of the victims of a Taliban gun attack on school in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Women attend a candlelight prayer ceremony for the victims in an elderly home in Ahmedebad. Credit: Reuters


Bradford councillor: School attack 'shocked' everyone

The attack on an army-run school in Peshawar was so severe it "shocked" everyone, not just those with relatives in Pakistan, a Bradford councillor has told Good Morning Britain.

Khadim Hussain said Brits "irrespective of what colour or creed they are" would be sickened by the Taliban attack, which killed 141 people, most of them children.

Who ordered the Pakistan school massacre?

More is now known about the Pakistani Taliban group who carried out the massacre in Peshawar and the man who ordered it.

Maulana Fazlullah also ordered the school attack in which Malala Yousefzai, almost lost her life.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports

Pakistan in mourning after Taliban school massacre

Pakistan is in a period of mourning after the brutal massacre of 132 children at a school in Peshawar by Taliban militants.

Pakistan's Prime Minister has said he will crush the organisation and restore capital punishment for those who kill, in its name.

But for the friends and families of the victims that is for another day.

Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, focused on their unimaginable grief: Lives full of promise, cut short.

ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports:

Pakistan seeks Afghan help in fight against Taliban

A demonstrator in Kathmandu following yesterday's attack. Credit: Reuters

Pakistan's army chief and the head of its main intelligence agency have flown to neighbouring Afghanistan today in a bid to work together against the threat of the Taliban.

Afghanistan has seen an increase in bloodshed at the hands of the Islamist radical group in recent weeks as international forces prepare to leave the country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said "the time has arrived" for cooperation between the two nations - which have endured tense relations in recent years.

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