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Pakistan army chief welcomes returning pupils

The head of the Pakistani army General Raheel Sharif met returning pupils outside the school gate in Peshawar this morning.

Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif shakes students' hands as they arrive Credit: RTV

"The army chief didn't make a speech but individually met the parents and assured them they would eliminate the terrorists from the country," a security official said.

Pakistani students return to school amid high security

Students in Pakistan began streaming back to school today for the first day of the new term.

For most, it is their first day back since the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar last month in which 150 pupils and teachers lost their lives.

Girls ride on a motorcycle while heading to school after it reopened in Peshawar Credit: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

At the Army Public School in Peshawar, survivors of the attack returned to their studies amid tight security with staff checking their bags at the entrance.

Students get their bags checked by school security staff at a school Credit: REUTERS/Khuram Parvez

Officials told Reuters news agency that eight-feet high walls were being built around public schools in Peshawar as part of enhanced security.

Schoolchildren walk past a traffic policeman as they cross the road while heading to school in Peshawar Credit: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz


Pakistani school reopens after Taliban massacre

150 schoolchildren and teachers were killed on December 16, last year. Credit: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

The school that was the scene of a brutal Taliban massacre reopened today.

Pakistani children and their parents returned to the Army Public School in Peshawar where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers - one of the worst attacks the country has ever endured.

Most schools across the country have been shut for an extended winter break in the aftermath of the December 16 attack.

Flames of terror blast undermine Pakistan peace drive

The deadly bomb blast in Pakistan is the latest attack to undermine Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's attempt to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Taliban.

Today's blast was outside a police station in Peshawar in an area crowded with shops and families. Credit: RTV
Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent months. Credit: RTV
Nawaz Sharif is due to meet Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at the UN General Assembly later to discuss the country's terror threat. Credit: RTV

Bomb blast in Peshawar kills 31 and wounds 70

A bomb blast in the Pakistan city of Peshawar has killed 31 people and wounded 70 in an area crowded with shops and families, according to police and hospital authorities.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion outside a police station.

The blast came a week after an attack by a Taliban faction on an Anglican church that killed more than 80 people.


Kidnapped Pakistani policemen found shot dead

Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been found shot dead in north-west Pakistan, government officials have said.

Naveed Akbar Khan said officials found the bodies just after midnight local time, after being notified by one policeman who had escaped.

Another policeman was also found with serious injuries.

Mr Khan said the dead policemen were found in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar, part of Pakistan's troubled tribal region.

The 23 policemen went missing before dawn on Thursday when militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked two posts in Frontier Region Peshawar.

Two policemen were also killed in the attacks.