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By Jane Onyanga-Omara and John Bacon
Taliban gunmen stormed into a Pakistan school Tuesday and killed at least 141 people, most of them children, before army commandos swept in and halted the siege, Pakistan authorities said.
The attack at the Army Public School — a military-run facility in the northwestern city of Peshawar for students in grades 1-10 — began in the early morning when gunmen entered the school and shot at random, police officer Javed Khan said.
Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and exchanged fire with the gunmen, he said. An intelligence official told the Associated Press that nine militants had been killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
"The operation is completed," Bilal Ahmad Faizi, the head of the state-run rescue organization, announced hours after the attack began.
Mushtaq Ghani, the province's information minister, said most of the dead were children and teens.