I awoke to hear of the awful news of the events in Peshawar yesterday. Seven Taliban attackers wearing bomb vests cut through a wire fence to gain entry to a Peshawar’s Army Public School, which has a mixed cohort of boys and girls from civilian and military backgrounds, before launching an attack on an auditorium where children were taking an exam.
Gunmen then moved from room to room at the military-run school, shooting pupils and teachers at random where they found them in a siege that lasted eight hours. Eventually, all seven of the attackers were killed, and hundreds of people were evacuated. In total, at the time of writing, at least 132 children and 9 staff were killed.
This follows the siege in Sydney earlier in the week, where two civilians were killed after being held hostage, along with seventeen others, at a Lindt cafe in the city.
The world is going mad.
Tonight, my thoughts are with those who have lost their lives and those who have been affected by the tragedies…