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Peshawar, December 16,2014 (PTI) Sixteen students were among at least 18 people killed today when heavily-armed Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city today and opened indiscriminate fire on them. Several militants wearing black dress entered Army Public School on Warsak Road and started indiscriminate firing, killing 16 students, one teacher and one army personnel, a senior official said.
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.

A spokesman for a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan faction has claimed responsibility for the attack. An official said that about six militants were involved in the attack. The attackers were wearing black uniforms.

Still hundreds of students were trapped inside. 
 
Children and teachers are being evacuated and the injured students were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, reports said, citing security officials. Several students escaped through the back gate. One of students who escaped told Dunya 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.
 
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