WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls a “heinous attack” on a Pakistani school.
Obama says terrorists are once again showing their depravity with the shooting spree that killed 126 in the city of Peshawar.
Taliban gunmen stormed the Army Public School Tuesday morning in the worst attack in Pakistan in years. Most of the victims were students in the first through 10th grades.
Obama says the U.S. stands with Pakistan in its efforts to fight extremism and promote peace. He offered prayers to the victims and their loved ones.
France and Germany have condemned the Taleban attack on a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. French President Francois Hollande condemned what he described as a “vile” attack that has killed at least 130 people, the majority children.
“No words can express the ignominy of such an attack against children in their school,” Hollande said in a statement.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement he condemned the “criminal attack in the strongest terms”.
“The hostage-taking and murder of children exceeds in its cruel cowardice all that Pakistan, stricken by years of terror and violence, has known before. “We mourn with the people of Pakistan the victims of this bloody terrorist attack. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims. For the many injured we wish speedy recoveries.”