December 16, 2014 / 9:53 AM / 3 years ago

Pakistan Taliban say targeted school in revenge for military attacks

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Pakistani security forces takes up a positions on a road leading to the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014.Khuram Parvez

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Taliban attacked a military-run school on Tuesday, killing 84 students, because they wanted revenge for the Pakistani military targeting their own families, a spokesman said.

"We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females," said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani. "We want them to feel the pain."

Reporting By Katharine Houreld; Editing by Mike Collett-White

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