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Germany, France condemn Peshawar school attack

BERLIN/BOULOGNE-SUR-MER: Germany and France on Tuesday condemned the Taliban attack that killed at least 130 people, most of them children, in an army-run school in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister of Germany 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.”

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande condemning termed it as a ‘vile’ attack and said “No words can express the ignominy of such an attack against children in their school.”

The president said that France “supported the government of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism” and expressed solidarity with the victims and their parents.

Witnesses described how a huge blast shook the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar and gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting children.

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