Iran has, in the strongest terms, denounced Taliban’s attack on an army-run school in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, which left at least 141 people dead, most of them children.
“This is a totally un-Islamic and inhumane act. Terrorism, extremism and endangering the lives of innocent people, in any form and with any objective, is condemned,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Tuesday.
Underlining the need for peace and unity in Pakistan, Afkham urged cooperation among countries in the region and the world in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
She also highlighted the need for unity and solidarity among Pakistani ethnic and religious groups to put an end to violence in the country.
The Iranian official further extended condolences to the Pakistani government and nation, including the bereaved families of victims, over the tragic incident.
In one the bloodiest attack in Pakistan’s history, a group of gunmen reportedly dressed in military uniforms, stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday morning, going from classroom to classroom, shooting students and teachers.
The Pakistani military said at least 141 people, 132 of them children, lost their lives in the attack. More than 100 others were injured.
The death toll, however, does not include the terrorists who attacked the school. All seven attackers were killed in the operation.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in retaliation for an ongoing Pakistani military offensive against the militants.