Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (16 December) on the attack by radical Islamic Taliban on a school in northwestern Pakistan that killed over 100 people according to media reports:
I condemn this criminal attack in the strongest possible terms. The appalling cowardice of taking children as hostages and murdering them goes beyond anything that Pakistan, which has been afflicted by terror and violence for years, has experienced to date.
We join the people of Pakistan in grieving for the victims of this bloody terrorist attack. Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones. We wish the many injured a speedy recovery.
According to media reports, 104 people, including 84 children, have been killed in an attack by Taliban fighters from Pakistan on a school in the northwest of the country. The reports say that terrorists wearing army uniforms forced their way into the school and took teachers and pupils hostage.