Taliban militants killed at least 84 students at a military-run school in northwestern Peshawar, regional chief minister Pervez Khattak said on Tuesday. An equal number of children have reportedly been wounded in the ongoing battle. The attack started early Tuesday, when Taliban fighters stormed the school and began shooting, Pakistan's army said, and some number of children are still being held hostage.
UPDATE: The death toll has now been raised to 126, with most of the dead children and teenagers at the school.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Mohammed Khurasani telling the media that the militant group attacked children at the military-run school because the Pakistani military kills Taliban members and their families. Below, AFP has a report from the scene in Peshawar. --Peter Weber