Pakistani Teachers Learning to Fight Back, Shoot Guns

PHOTO: A Pakistani teacher holds a weapon during a two-day training session by the police in Peshawar Pakistan in this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo.Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo
A Pakistani teacher holds a weapon during a two-day training session by the police in Peshawar Pakistan in this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo.

The local government in Pakistan's Peshawar Province has agreed to allow teachers to carry licensed weapons into the classroom, following the December Taliban massacre at a school there that left nearly 150 people dead.

Over the past two weeks, the provincial government has launched firearms training workshops for teachers.

Asked by The Associated Press whether she is confident enough to kill a terrorist at her school, 37-year-old teacher Shabnam Tabinda said, "Yes. Whoever kills innocents, God willing, I will shoot them.”

PHOTO: A Pakistani police commando gives weapons training to teachers in Peshawar Pakistan in this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo. Mohammad Sajjad/AP Photo
A Pakistani police commando gives weapons training to teachers in Peshawar Pakistan in this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo.

The hope is that the teachers could, at the very least, slow potential attackers until police arrive, government officials told ABC News.

Given that there are about 65,000 police in Peshawar to the province's nearly 50,000 schools, according to the AP, the government also plans to allow security guards to carry automatic weapons.

ABC News’ Habibullah Khan reported from Islamabad, Pakistan..