flags are flying at half-mast across Turkey in mourning for those killed in a Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday.
A total of 148 people — mostly children — were killed during the Taliban attack at the Army Public School and College in the city of Peshawar. The attack was the deadliest slaughter of innocents in the country and horrified a nation already weary of unending terrorist assaults.
Turkey strongly condemned the mass killing and vowed to stand by its ally in its fight against terrorism. The grand flag in the middle of the famous Taksim Square in İstanbul’s central district of Beyoğlu was also up at half-mast.
On Tuesday evening, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced a day of national mourning to commemorate the victims of the Taliban attack.
Students were gunned down and some female teachers were burned alive. Army commandos fought the Taliban in a day-long battle until the school was cleared and all the attackers dead.
A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said on Tuesday that the attack in Peshawar, which aimed at disrupting the country’s domestic peace and security, caused “deep sadness” in Turkey.
“Turkey is determined to continue its solidarity with the Pakistani government and its people and will continue supporting Pakistan’s fight against terrorism,” the statement said.