Pakistan executed four offenders for school massacre

Pakistani authorities executed four men involved in school massacre that saw 134 children brutally killed last year

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man places a rose after lighting candles in front of portraits of the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, during a candlelight vigil in Lahore in this December 19, 2014

Pakistani authorities executed four men for involvement in the massacre of 134 children at an army-run school last year in the northwestern city of Peshawar, media and security sources said.

The execution came on Wednesday, after the four men were convicted or murder in August 13. The hangings were also the first execution of civilians by Pakistan's military courts.

After the gruesome massacre, a constitutional amendment was in order to allow the military to go ahead with the court ruling.

An army soldier stands in the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, in this December 17, 2014

Three security sources confirmed the execution to Reuters, two of whom are based in Kohat, where the men were hanged early in the morning at the city's civilian-run central jail.

The executed convicts were said to belong to the “Tawhid wal Jihad Group (TWG)”, a heretofore unknown faction of the Pakistani Taliban.

TRTWorld and agencies