At least 5 dead in Taliban attack on Peshawar school

Military officials said at least 6 armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School

FILE: Hundreds of students have been taken hostage by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan. Picture: AFP.

PESHAWAR - At least five people have been killed and 40 killed in a Taliban attack on a Peshwar school.

Taliban gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, military officials at the scene said.

A Reuters journalist at the scene could hear heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it. Ambulances were transporting wounded children to hospital.

"We were standing outside the school and firing suddenly started and there was chaos everywhere and the screams of children and teachers," said Jamshed Khan, a school bus driver.

Military officials said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.

"Our suicide bombers have entered the school, they have instructions not to harm the children, but to target the army personnel," Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters.