In 2014 on 16th December,7 gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The militants, all of whom were foreign nationals, included one Chechen, three Arabs and two Afghans. They entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children killing 141 people, including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age.A rescue operation was launched by the Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group special forces, who killed all seven terrorists and rescued 960 people.It was the deadliest terrorist attack ever to occur in Pakistan.
Authorities in Peshawar announced a holiday on December 16 to mark the 2nd anniversary of the deadly Taliban assault on Army Public School.
In a notification issued on December 14, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar said that all schools, colleges and universities shall remain closed on December 16 in the wake of the 2nd anniversary of Army Public School incident and the prevailing sensitivity of the security situation.