In an email on Wednesday, Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed 148 people, mostly children, was justified because the Pakistani army has allegedly long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.
He vowed more such militant attacks and told Pakistani civilians to detach themselves from all military institution.
The Pakistani Taliban also posted photographs of six Islamic fighters they said took part in the Peshawar assault. In one photo, the militants are seen wearing army fatigues, standing with a local Taliban leader in what the statement claimed one of the Pakistani tribal regions.
This photo released in a statement by the Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday shows the Taliban fighters who stormed a military-run school in Peshawar. (AP Photo)