Peshawar army school reopens after massacre

Monday, January 12, 2015
Army Public School Peshawar
[FILE PHOTO: Sokaniwaal/CC BY-SA 3.0]

Peshawar: The Pakistani school that was the site of a Taliban massacre last month has reopened its doors.

Students and their families returned to the Army Public School in Peshawar on January 12 as children across the country returned from an extended winter break.

Taliban insurgents raided the school on December 16, killing 142 children and nine staff.

It was one of the country's worst attacks by Islamic militants in years.

Security was tight at the school in Peshawar, part of a country-wide move to boost security at schools in the wake of the attack.

According to AFP, at least 20 soldiers were seen at the main entry point of the Army Public School, with an airport-style security gate installed at the front.

The chief of Pakistan's army, General Raheel Sharif, was on hand inside the school to greet students, a military spokesman said on Twitter.

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