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Pupils scared after Taliban school attack

While schools in Peshawar re-open, pupils say they are terrified after a massacre that left 148 people dead.

FILE: Pakistani police and military take school children to the place of safety after six gunmen entered the school and held over 500 children hostage on 16 December 2014. Picture: NDTV @ndtv.

JOHANNESBURG - While schools in Peshawar re-open, pupils say they are terrified after a massacre that left 148 people dead.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, saying it's in retaliation to an ongoing military operation in the north of the country.

Four days ago the country suffered its deadliest terror attack, which saw nine men, believed to be Taliban insurgents storm an army-run school, while around 500 children and teachers were believed to be inside.

Some children said they were frightened.

"I feel very scared after the incident and it pains my heart, "One child said.

"I'm scared because they target again then we are all dead," Another added.

PAKISTAN HANGS TWO MILITANTS AFTER TALIBAN SCHOOL MASSACRE

Pakistan executed two prominent militants, sources said, in a clear response to this week's massacre of more than 130 children at a school.

The hanged militants had no links to the Taliban's assault in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday, but their executions came at a time when a shocked Pakistani society is piling pressure on the government to do more to stem escalating violence.

Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after the attack and Mohammed Aqeel and Arshad Mehmood were the first prisoners reported hanged under the new arrangements.

The announcement of their deaths came just hours after The UN human rights office appealed to Pakistan to refrain from resuming executions, saying this would not stop terrorism and might even feed a "cycle of revenge".

Four other militants, currently in jail in the eastern city of Lahore, are also expected to be executed in coming days.

The Pakistan government brought in an unofficial moratorium on executions in 2008.

Additional reporting by Reuters.