Pakistan has hanged four militants on Wednesday over the massacre at a Peshawar school which killed at least 150 people, mostly children. The executions come weeks before the first anniversary of the attack on December 16.Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif signed death warrants for Taliban militants Maulvi Abdus Salam, Hazrat Ali, Mujeebur Rehman and Sabeel alias Yahyaon on Monday, before their executions were carried out in a prison in the city of Kohat, near Peshawar.
The attack on the army-run school last year involved a team of nine suicide militants who used assault weapons and suicide bombs. It is considered to be the country’s worst-ever terrorist incident.
Two other men were also condemned to death, and a seventh man was sentenced to life in prison.
Although Pakistan’s recent campaign against terrorism has reduced extreme acts of violence, sporadic attacks still occur; on Tuesday, two soldiers were killed by gunmen on motorbikes in the southern city of Karachi.
Black Friday sets record with gun background checks reaching two per second
The FBI processed a record 185,345 firearms background checks on “Black Friday” this year. It was estimated FBI agents ran two background checks per second. “This was an approximate 5 per cent increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s chief of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.” The record figure is more than three times the 2014 daily average of 57,448 per day.
British Parliament vote to bomb ISIS targets in Syria
British Prime Minister David Cameron has received approval from Parliament to join the US-led coalition launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. Cameron argued that bombing the enemy in their base would “keep the British people safe”, saying that “the House should be under no illusion that these terrorists are plotting to kill us and to radicalize our children right now”. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, has voiced his opposition to the strikes. “It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that the prime minister understands public opposition to his ill-thought-out rush to war is growing and wants to hold the vote before it slips from his hands,” Mr Corbyn said. The victory meant that eight British Tornado jets will immediately begin launching strikes from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. – Compiled from web sources by Matina Moutzouris
Top photo of the Peshawar School massacre aftermath on 16 December 2015 from AFP news agency’s news coverage.