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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.


Pakistan military: 'There is blood all over'

A spokesman for the Pakistani military today described the deadly attack by Taliban militants that left more than 130 schoolchildren dead.

"This is the rear boundary wall of the school," Major-General Saleem Bajwa told reporters. "This is from where seven terrorists entered yesterday morning using the stairs and then they came in the auditorium which is just behind me here and there was a large gathering of students here.

"They came, just entered the hall and they started killing students indiscriminately. There is blood all over."

Pictures show bullet-ridden walls inside Pakistan school

The pictures show the destruction caused during the attack Credit: APTN

Photographs taken inside the Pakistan school where at least 132 children and nine staff died in a Taliban attack show bullet-ridden walls and bloodied books on the floor.

A bloodied text book Credit: APTN

Funeral prayers are today being said for the victims who died in the attack in Peshawar.

A shoe on a bloodied floor in the school Credit: APTN

Funeral prayers and vigils for school attack victims

Funeral prayers were held today for some of the children murdered by Taliban militants in an attack on a Pakistani school yesterday.

People attend funeral prayers for two male students who were killed in the attack. Credit: Reuters

Vigils are also taking place around the country and in neighbouring India after the attack in Peshawar, which left 132 schoolchildren and nine members of staff dead.

Schoolchildren hold candles and placards in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Credit: Reuters

Three days of mourning were announced by Pakistan's Prime Minister following the violent siege.

Schoolchildren take part in a prayer for victims of the victims in the Indian city of Mathura. Credit: Reuters

School attack victim's father: Pakistan government 'failed'

Advocate Ajun Khan, the father of a 15-year-old boy killed in the Peshawar attack. Credit: ITV News

The father of a 15-year-old boy killed in the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar has blamed Pakistan's security forces for failing to protect children and staff.

Advocate Ajun Khan told ITV News: "They totally ignored each and every thing about our security, about our children [...] they have completely failed."

Khan, who works in the local courts, said the military-run school usually had security at its gates as well as personnel with weapons on the roof.

He described his son, Asfand, who was in the final year of his studies, as "very intelligent" and said he was "very badly injured" when he saw him before his death.


Three days of mourning after Pakistan school massacre

Three days of mourning have begun in Pakistan in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar which left 132 students and nine members of staff dead.

An armed guard is stationed at the entrance to the school Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the official mourning period as people around the country lit candles and staged overnight vigils in honour of the slaughtered schoolchildren.

The grounds of the Army Public School - the scene of the attack - were all but empty this morning, aside from snipers manning the roofs and an armed guard at the entrance.

Pakistani PM vows 'revenge' after school massacre

The Pakistani Prime Minister has vowed revenge on the Taliban for a horrific attack on a school, leaving more than 130 children dead.

A total of 132 schoolchildren and nine staff members were killed in the siege Credit: Reuters

A total of 132 schoolchildren and nine staff members were killed in the siege at the Army Public School in Peshawar.

Speaking after the attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to "take revenge for each and every drop of our children's blood that was spilt."

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