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December 16th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Parents frantically searching in hospitals after Pakistan terrorist attack

(CNN) - A horrific terror attack in Pakistan leaves 141 people dead - more than 130 of them children.

It happened at a co-ed public military school in the northwestern city of Peshawara, 75 miles from the capital Islamabad. Suicide bombers, disguised as soldiers, distracted the security personnel by detonating a car bomb outside the school grounds. They then scaled the outer walls of the building, entered the school and opened fire - chanting 'God is great.'

Students found hiding under benches were shot in cold blood.

From a hospital bed, one survivor - a young boy - recalled the carnage, telling an AFP reporter, "the man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again. My body was shivering. I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching me."

Pakistani troops arrived on scene within the hour and stormed the compound. After a six hour standoff, the seven terrorists were killed.

And now the country is trying to pick up the pieces from the deadliest attack in years - a barbaric, senseless and cowardly act.

The Guardian's Jon Boone joined "The Lead" via phone from Peshawar to discuss the day's heartbreaking events.

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