7:00 PM: Pak army takes control of Peshawar school, rescue operation ends

6:56 PM: Last terrorist gunned down, Pakistan Peshawar sieze ends

6:55 PM: Operations closing up, Army taking control of school in Peshawar

6:50 PM: I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us, says Malala Yousafzai

Read More: Nobel prize winner Malala "heartbroken" by Pakistan school attack

6:42 PM: IEDs planted by the terrorists hampering the clearance operation, says military

6:40 PM: Around 45 students rescued in last hour, says report

6:33 PM: The world community must unite and redouble efforts to root out terror from every country and society, says Indian President Pranab Mukherjee

6:32 PM: Pranab Mukherjee expresses deep anguish and strongly condemns terror attack in Army Public School, Peshawar

6:20 PM: Fierce gunbattle on, few students rescued

5:58 PM: Islamic extremists do not favour children, says counter-terrorism expert

5:50 PM: I fold my hands and appeal those militants to leave those children,they too were kids once: Kailash Satyarthi, Indian children's rights activist and Nobel Peace prize winner, on Peshawar terror attack

5:40 PM: Sixth terrorist gunned down by forces

5:30 PM: Most students shot on chest or head, says report

5:25 PM: Nearly 200 injured, says new report

5:15 PM: Terrorists now confined to last block in Peshawar Army school

5:05 PM: Fifth terrorist gunned down by Pak army

4:55 PM: Special forces rescue two children and two staff members from Peshawar school

4:40 PM: More explosives heard from inside school campus

4:33 PM: Four Taliban attackers killed at school, says Pak military

4:32 PM: Search continues for remaining gunmen

4:24 PM: Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar: PM Narendra Modi

4:22 PM: It's a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of most innocent of human beings - young children in their school: PM Modi

Read More: India strongly condemns Peshawar school attack

4:21 PM: My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain & offer our deepest condolences: PM Modi

4:20 PM: No words will capture the horror we feel about the terror attack in Peshawar: Syed Akbaruddin, MEA

Read More: Black day for humanity: B-Town condones Pakistan school attack

4:10 PM: Three blocks of school cleared

4:05 PM: Fierce gunbattle on inside school

4:02 PM: Five explosions heard from inside Peshawar Army school campus

3:58 PM: Army Chief leaves for Peshawar

3:55 PM: Nawaz Sharif reaches Peshawar to monitor situation personally

3:40 PM: A female teacher was burnt alive, says a rescued student

3:35 PM: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif heads to Peshawar to personally monitor the operation

3:30 PM: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calls Taliban school massacre a 'Nation Tragedy'

3:25 PM: Pakistan Taliban say targeted school in revenge for military attacks. "We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females. We want them to feel the pain," says Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani

3:20 PM: Pak trained Taliban, this is their own story. Where does Islam say to attack & torture the innocent?, says Ved P Vaidik on Peshawar terror attack

3:10 PM: Students lined up and shot, reports Pak media

Also Read: Attack in Pakistan school a chilling reminder of Beslan school siege

3:05 PM: Two terrorists gunned down

2:59 PM: Over 100 students killed in Taliban suicide attack on Peshawar school: Pakistan media quotes Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister

2:45 PM: If you nurture lawless elements, some day they will hit you back, this is happening in Pak: Raj Kadyan, Security Expert on Peshawar terror attack

2:48 PM: What's happening, had to happen as when you create a monster, it has to bite you. A very sad day for humanitarian ethos, Pakistan must realize they have gotten into great mess: Praful Bakshi, Security Expert on Peshawar terror attack

2:34 PM: Pak army leads rescue operations

2:31 PM: Emergency declared in four hospitals

2:25 PM: Three suicide bombers neutralised

2:22 PM: Guilty won't be spared, says Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

2:20 PM: Tehreek-e-Taliban claims responsibilty of the Peshawar school attack

2:18 PM: School building badly damaged in attack

2:17 PM: Five terrorists still inside the school

2:15 PM: All schools in Pakistan on high alert

2:14 PM: One suicide bomber blows himself up outside school auditorium

2:12 PM: Pak PM asks security forces to make safety of students and teachers

2:10 PM: 25 ambulances called in

2:09 PM: Most students suffer bullet injury

2:06 PM: 16 students, a teacher and an army personnel killed

2:01 PM: Armoured vehicles move in the Peshawar school

2:00 PM: Special forces surround school

1:55 PM: Mushtaq Ghani, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa information minister, said that the militants entered through a graveyard which is adjacent to the school, called Army Public School and College for students from Grade 1 to 12

Read More: Imran Khan condemns attack on army school in Pakistan

1:53 PM: Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan, whose party rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, terms the attack as an act of "barbarism"

Read More: Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemns terror attack in Peshawar school

1:52 PM: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemns the attack

1:50 PM: 17 students and a teacher killed in Army school in Peshawar

1:41 PM: The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said the hospital has received bodies of three students and is treating 28 injured students and two male teachers

1:40 PM: Nothing new,such incidents take place almost every day in Pak: Ajai Sahni, Security Expert on Peshawar terror attack

1:00 PM: Around 35 children are said to be injured and being rushed to the nearby hospitals

12:30 PM: Terrorists take 500 children hostage in Army school in Peshawar

A group of 8-10 suicide attackers wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms entered Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10.30 (local time) and started indiscriminate firing, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said.

In one of the most gruesome attacks in recent years against children anywhere in the world, the militants went from classroom-to-classroom shooting indiscriminately at the shocked students, eyewitnesses told local media.

One rescued student told reporters that the attackers had long beards and they were wearing 'shalwar kamiz'.

He said they were speaking Arabic and looked foreigners.

At least 24 bodies were lying in the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) and 60 others in Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Khattak said. At least 43 injured have been shifted to LRH, 40 to CMH and others to nearby hospitals.

He said at least one militant blew himself up inside the building, 2-3 others have been killed and 5-6 attackers are still inside the complex. He declared a three-day mourning.

The attackers are holding several students as hostages using them as human shields to prevent army from storming the building. Official sources said the toll could go up.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and termed it a "national tragedy." He has reached Peshawar to personally monitor the operation. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif has also rushed to Peshawar from Quetta.

A police official said that the school has been cordoned off, with a rescue operation in progress. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside at the time of attack.

Mushtaq Ghani, provincial information minister, said the militants entered through a graveyard which is adjacent to the school, called Army Public School.

The school is close to Saint Mary High School located at the start of Warsak Road which was also under threat for last couple of days.

A heavy contingent of police and security forces have blocked the roads leading to the school, taking control of the entire area.

In a brief statement, the army said, "Rescue operation by troops underway. Exchange of fire continues. Bulk of student and staff evacuated. Reports of some children and teachers killed by terrorist."

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman claimed that its six suicide bombers attacked army school, saying it was a revenge for the army's operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar.

"We want them to feel our pain," the spokesman said.

The army had launched a massive military operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' in June following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and the failure of peace talks between the government and the Taliban negotiators.

The military has said more than 1,300 militants have been killed during the operation in North Waziristan and adjacent tribal region and it will continue till militancy was completely wiped out of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, senior minister Hidaytullah told reporters that the death toll in could rise as still operation was going on and attackers have taken hundreds as hostages.

Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan, whose party rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, termed the attack as an act of "barbarism".

Shagufta, who lives near the school, told a local TV channel that she heard two explosions, a smaller one followed by a huge bang.

A student who identified himself as Shuja said a TV channel that they were taking examination when firing started.

They were told by the teacher to lie down on the floor.

He said they remained on floor for about one hour when army soldiers came and told them to go out.

Several students escaped through the back gate. One of students who escaped told local TV that fourth period was in progress when they heard firing.

"First we didn't know what has happened. But late an army officer told us to escape through back gate," he said.

A welcome ceremony planned in Lahore for the hockey team which won silver medal in the champion trophy in India has been postponed.

Pakistan Hockey Federation said that the ceremony would be held at a future suitable time.

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