Education campaigner and Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012, has condemned the “atrocious and cowardly” attack on a school in Pakistan.
The teenager joined a stream of Western politicians and campaigners in criticising the Pakistani Taliban, who claimed responsibility for opening fire on the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar. The attack has taken the lives of at least 126 people, the majority of whom are thought to be children.
In a statement, the 17-year-old said: “I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us.
“Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.
“I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable.
“I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters – but we will never be defeated,” she added.
US ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson Tuesday decried the brutal terrorist attack at army-run school in Peshawar that left at least 126 students dead and 122 more injured.
“The United States strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and all who fight the menace of terrorism,” the ambassador said in a press statement. Read complete statement here.
French President Francois Hollande condemned what he described as a “despicable” attack at Peshawar school.
“I condemn, with utmost firmness, the despicable attack against a school in Peshawar this morning that caused the death of more than 80 children,” he tweeted in French.
Indian PM Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh have also condemned the attack.
U.K.’s former Senior Minister & Minister for Faith & Communities Sayeeda Warsi also took to Twitter to condemn the attack.
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, who has campaigned for security in schools in his role as United Nations special envoy for global education , also expressed condemnation over the attack.
By Edos News