Images Show Horror, Devastation Inside Pakistan School Taliban Attacked

PHOTO: Devastation was visible inside a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, following a Taliban attack, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.PlayAPTN
WATCH Pakistan School Massacre Death Beyond 145

Images from inside the Pakistan school stormed by Taliban gunmen reveal scenes of heart-wrenching devastation following an attack that killed 148 people, mostly children.

Seven Taliban gunmen stormed the Army public school with bombs strapped to their bodies Tuesday, officials said.

About 100 children were in an auditorium when the militants stormed in. Following the attack, chairs were left upturned, with blood staining the floor.

PHOTO: Blood is visible, with chairs upturned following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.APTN
Blood is visible, with chairs upturned following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.

Torn notebooks, pieces of clothing and children's shoes were scattered about.

PHOTO: Victims shoes were left behind following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.APTN
Victims' shoes were left behind following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.

A principal’s office was torn to pieces by one of the militants, the furniture ripped apart.

PHOTO: Devastation in visible in an office following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.APTN
Devastation in visible in an office following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.

Bullets flew across classrooms, with the Taliban going room to room, hunting students. The building’s walls are pock-marked with bullet holes.

PHOTO:Bullet holes could be seen on the walls of a school in Peshawar, Pakistan following an attack, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.APTN
PHOTO:Bullet holes could be seen on the walls of a school in Peshawar, Pakistan following an attack, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.

“They started shooting them indiscriminately,” Pakistan military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa said. “And after that they started spreading into other wings of the school where they were contained.

"This is not a human act," he added. "This is a national tragedy."

PHOTO: Childrens books were left behind following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.APTN
Children's books were left behind following a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.

The Taliban attackers died, but it was unclear how. As news of the attack spread, terrified parents rushed to the school, waiting to hear if their sons or daughters survived.

International authorities, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, denounced the massacre.

“This act of terror angers and shakes all people of conscience, and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible,” Kerry said.

PHOTO: Taliban gunmen are being blamed for a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, with devastation visible throughout the school, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.APTN
Taliban gunmen are being blamed for a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, with devastation visible throughout the school, in an image taken Dec. 17, 2014.

Pakistan’s government declared a three-day mourning period starting today, with funerals beginning for some of the children killed in the massacre.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.