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Al Qaeda condemns Taliban massacre of Pakistani children: 'Our hearts are bursting with pain'

A regional al Qaeda branch on Sunday condemned the Taliban's slaughter last week of 149 Pakistanis at a school in Peshawar.

"Our hearts are bursting with pain and grief over this incident," Osama Mehmood, a spokesman for the group's South Asia chapter, said. While reaffirming its opposition to the U.S. and Pakistan, the group added that the attack — which resulted in the death of 132 students — had "crossed the limit."

Pakistani security forces on Saturday said they killed five members of the Taliban in the area.