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KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: A boy from Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) prays as he attends a candle vigil in Karachi, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014 in memory of the victims of the Taliban assault on an army-run school in the north western city of Peshawar. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 141 people dead, most of whom students. (Photo by Qaisar Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray during an assembly at their school in New Delhi on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army-run school in the restive city of Peshawar. Pakistan began three days of mourning on December 17 for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren prepare lighted candles ahead of a vigil in the northern city of Jalandhar late December 16, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army school in the restive city of Peshawar. Pakistan began three days of mourning on December 17, for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO/SHAMMI MEHRA (Photo credit should read SHAMMI MEHRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray at their school in Mumbai on December 17, 2014, in memory of schoolchildren killed during an attack on an army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar by armed Taliban terrorists. Schools across India have observed a 2 minute silence as called for by prime minister Narendra Modi in memory of those killed in the attacks. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Children from Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) pray as they attend a candle vigil in Karachi, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014 in memory of the victims of the Taliban assault on an army-run school in the north western city of Peshawar. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 141 people dead, most of whom students. (Photo by Qaisar Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray during an assembly at their school in New Delhi on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army-run school in the restive city of Peshawar. Pakistan began three days of mourning on December 17 for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A teacher walks past a blackboard adorned with a message from Indian schoolchildren at their school in Mumbai on December 17, 2014, in memory of schoolchildren killed during an attack on an army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar by armed Taliban terrorists. Schools across India have observed a 2 minute silence as called for by prime minister Narendra Modi in memory of those killed in the attacks. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Members of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) hold candle vigil in Karachi, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014 in memory of the victims of the Taliban assault on an army-run school in the north western city of Peshawar. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 141 people dead, most of whom students. (Photo by Qaisar Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani mourners gather around the coffin of a victim of an attack by militants on an army-run school during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani mourners carry the coffin of a victim of an attack by militants on an army-run school during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani mourners carry the coffin of a victim of an attack by militants on an army-run school during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray during morning assembly at their school in Shimla on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army school in the restive city of Peshawar. Pakistan began three days of mourning on December 17, for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray during an assembly at their school in New Delhi on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army-run school in the restive city of Peshawar. Pakistan began three days of mourning on December 17 for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray during an assembly at their school in New Delhi on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army-run school in the restive city of Peshawar. Pakistan began three days of mourning on December 17 for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani mourners carry the coffin of a victim of an attack by militants on an army-run school during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani resident reads the front pages of a selection of the country's main newspapers reporting a militant attack on an army-run school in Karachi on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani resident reads the front pages of a selection of the country's main newspapers reporting a militant attack on an army-run school in Karachi on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani resident reads the front pages of a selection of the country's main newspapers reporting a militant attack on an army-run school in Karachi on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani army soldiers patrol in Peshawar on December 17, 2014, the day after an attack on an army school in the northern city. Pakistan has begun three days of mourning for the 132 schoolchildren and nine staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack as the world united in a chorus of revulsion. The 141 people were killed when insurgents stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday and systematically went from room to room shooting children during an eight-hour killing spree. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray at their school in Mumbai on December 17, 2014, in memory of schoolchildren killed during an attack on an army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar by armed Taliban terrorists. Schools across India have observed a 2 minute silence as called for by prime minister Narendra Modi in memory of those killed in the attacks. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani army soldiers use metal detectors to clear the area at an army run school a day after it was attacked by militants in Peshawar on December 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian schoolchildren pray at their school in Mumbai on December 17, 2014, in memory of schoolchildren killed during an attack on an army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar by armed Taliban terrorists. Schools across India have observed a 2 minute silence as called for by prime minister Narendra Modi in memory of those killed in the attacks. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Members of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) hold candle vigil in Karachi, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014 in memory of the victims of the Taliban assault on an army-run school in the north western city of Peshawar. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 141 people dead, most of whom students. (Photo by Qaisar Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for attacking a military-run public school. Dozens were killed and dozens more injured.
Pakistani mourners pray over the coffin of a student following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in Pakistan, killing at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack. Survivors described how the militants went from room to room shooting children as young as 12 during the eight-hour onslaught at the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. AFP PHOTO/ HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani mourners attend the funeral of a victim following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in Pakistan, killing at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack. Survivors described how the militants went from room to room shooting children as young as 12 during the eight-hour onslaught at the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. AFP PHOTO/ HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani female activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) light candles for the victims of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar, in Karachi on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: A Pakistani student injured when Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, is carried to the hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 130 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani Muslims carry the coffin of a victim of a school attack during a funeral procession in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in Pakistan, killing at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack. AFP PHOTO / HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistani soldiers take position near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 100 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistani soldier takes position near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 100 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistani soldiers shift bodies of the victims who were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked an Army run school, in Peshawar, Pakistan on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left more than 100 people dead. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistanis carry the coffin of a student killed when Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left more than 100 people dead. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An injured Pakistani student lies in bed at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan December 16 in one of the country's bloodiest attacks in recent years. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani men help an injured student to a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan December 16 in one of the country's bloodiest attacks in recent years. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistani soldier takes position near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 100 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistani soldiers take position near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 100 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: A view of the entrance of school attacked by Taliban gunmen in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 100 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Pakistani soldiers stand guard near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 100 people dead, most of them students. (Photo by Khan Raziq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani parents react near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. At least 130 people were killed in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani men carry an injured student to a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. At least 130 people were killed in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
This screengrab taken from AFP footage shows a child (lower) receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. A Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on December 16 has left more than 100 people dead, most of them students, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Aftab Ahmed (Photo credit should read Aftab Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)
This screengrab taken from AFP footage shows a child reacting at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. A Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on December 16 has left more than 100 people dead, most of them students, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Aftab Ahmed (Photo credit should read Aftab Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)
This screengrab taken from AFP footage shows a child receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. A Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on December 16 has left more than 100 people dead, most of them students, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Aftab Ahmed (Photo credit should read Aftab Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)
This screengrab taken from AFP footage shows a man reacting as children receive treatment at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. A Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on December 16 has left more than 100 people dead, most of them students, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Aftab Ahmed (Photo credit should read Aftab Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani men carry an injured school girl to a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. At least 130 people were killed in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people - mostly children - at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of devastation and carnage as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway Wednesday.

The attack Tuesday at the Army Public School and College in the city of Peshawar was the deadliest slaughter of innocents in the country and horrified a nation already weary of unending terrorist assaults.

Blood was pooled on the floor and the stairs as media were allowed inside the school a day after the attack. Broken window glass, door frames, torn notebooks, pieces of clothing and children's shoes were scattered about. A pair of child's eyeglasses lay broken on the ground.

Prayer vigils were held across the nation and in other schools, students spoke of their shock at the brutal slaying in Peshawar, where seven Taliban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, scaled a back wall using a ladder to get into the in the morning hours on Tuesday.

Students were gunned down and some of the female teachers were burned alive. Army commandos fought the Taliban in a day-long battle until the school was cleared and the attackers dead.

After the attackers entered the school, they made their way into the main auditorium where many students had gathered for an event, military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa told reporters during the tour. The militants then made their way to the hall's stage and started shooting at random.

As students tried to flee for the doors, they were gunned down. The military later recovered about 100 bodies from the auditorium alone, according to the spokesman.

"This is not a human act," Bajwa said. "This is a national tragedy."

The government declared a three-day mourning period, starting Wednesday. Some of the critically wounded adults - the school staff - died overnight, said Bajwa, and authorities raised the overall death toll to 148. The number of students killed remained at 132. Another 121 students and three staff members were wounded in the assault.

The body of the school principal, Tahira Qazi, was retrieved overnight from the debris. Qazi was inside her office when the militants made their way into the administration building, some 20 meters (yards) from the auditorium. She ran and locked herself into the bathroom but the attackers threw a grenade inside, through a vent, and killed her, Bajwa said.

Several funerals were also held overnight, but most of the victims were to be buried Wednesday.

"They finished in minutes what I had lived my whole life for, my son," said laborer Akhtar Hussain, tears streaming down his face as he buried his 14-year-old, Fahad. He said he had worked for years in Dubai to earn a livelihood for his children.

"That innocent one is now gone in the grave, and I can't wait to join him, I can't live anymore," he wailed, banging his fists against his head.

The Taliban said the attack was revenge for a military offensive against their safe havens in the northwest, along the border with Afghanistan, which began in June. Analysts said the school siege showed that even diminished, the militant group still could inflict horrific carnage.

The attack drew swift condemnation from around the world. President Barack Obama said the "terrorists have once again showed their depravity."

Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai - herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting - said she was "heartbroken" by the bloodshed.

Even Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan decried the killing spree, calling it "un-Islamic."

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to step up the campaign that - along with U.S. drone strikes - has targeted the militants.

"We must not forget these scenes," Sharif said Wednesday at a top-level meeting in Peshawar. "The way they left bullet holes in the bodies of innocent kids, the way they tore apart their faces with bullets."

Sharif said he spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani late Tuesday to discuss how both countries could do more to fight terrorism. The two agreed to launch fresh operations on their respective sides of the border, he said, and pledged to "clean this region from terrorism."

Pakistan has in the past has criticized Afghanistan for what it said was a failure to take action against militants on their side of the border, specifically faulting Kabul for allegedly not helping when Pakistan launched the North Waziristan operation in June. Afghanistan has also repeatedly accused Pakistan of harboring militants in its tribal regions.

But Bajwa, the army spokesman, said that after the Peshawar massacre, Islamabad is "hoping that there will be a strong action, a corresponding action from the Afghanistan side, from across the border, in the coming days."

In neighboring India, which has long accused Pakistan of supporting anti-India guerrillas, schools on Wednesday observed two minutes of silence for the Peshawar victims at the urging of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called the attack "a senseless act of unspeakable brutality."

In an email on Wednesday, the Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack was justified because the Pakistani army has allegedly long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.

He vowed more such militant attacks and told Pakistani civilians to detach themselves from all military institution.

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