Our teacher first told us that some kind of drill was going on and that we do not need to worry. Irshadah Bibi, who lost her 12-year-old son, beat her face as she cried: ‘O God, why did you snatch away my son? As we stepped outside the gate, we started weeping again very loudly. At first, the children thought it was just a drill. As the pupils poring over their books realised the bangs they could hear were the sounds of guns fired in anger, panic spread. He continued: 'The back gate is around 200 meters from our class room. It was so terrible.'We reached back gate in a minute.’ Humayun Khan said with tears in her eyes: ‘Nobody is telling me about my son’s whereabouts... An aunt from a nearby house heard us and took us inside her house. By 10.15, at least 60 pupils were already dead as hundreds of Pakistani soldiers poured from lorries to seal off the area and take the battle to the Taliban fighters, all of whom were wearing suicide vests. I tightly held the hand of my friend Daniyal and we both ran towards the back gate. As we stepped outside the gate, we started weeping again very loudly. We stayed there for 15 minutes.'Our van always parked a few hundred meters away from the school. The van driver told us that our school fellows who have been murdered in the attack are martyrs and they would go to jannah (paradise). I saw mothers and fathers crying like mad at the gate of the school. Everyone is pushing us, the Americans, our own government.'Pharmacist Ahmed Salman, whose 15-year-old son was killed, said: 'I took my son to school this morning and I was at work when someone told me there was firing in the school.We are innocent people, by boys are innocents who do not carry guns and bombs.The only justice for me is to find these people who are supporting extremists and hang them in rows. He said: 'hey opened fire at the students and then went out.There were gunshots but our teacher told us to be quiet and calmed us down. The army doctor and soldiers managed to escape and we locked the doors from inside.Then the men came with big guns.'He said: 'I heard about it around 11 at my college. I saw a terrorist getting into a classroom and firing like anything. This is the nation’s loss.’He added: 'I went there but couldn't find my cousins among those kids. But very soon they came, broke the doors and entered and again started firing.' He said: 'I am a biochemistry student and I was attending a lecture in our main hall. After some time we heard someone kicking the back doors.
There was a function in the auditorium, they just opened fire on everyone. A security official speaking on condition of anonymity said two helicopter gunships are on site, but had been prevented from firing on the militants because students and teachers were inside the building.
The army doctor and soldiers managed to escape and we locked the doors from inside. I saw mothers and fathers crying like mad at the gate of the school.
But very soon they came, broke the doors and entered and again started firing.'He said: 'I am a biochemistry student and I was attending a lecture in our main hall. After some time we heard someone kicking the back doors. 'Five minutes after him, my younger cousin also appeared. I do not believe that we are so blessed.'He said: 'They opened fire at the students and then went out.
In May 2010, members of the organisation stormed two mosques packed with worshippers, throwing grenades and indiscriminately opening fire.
The ensuring shootout and hostage situation left 94 dead and more than 120 injured.