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Pakistan mourns, prepares for funerals for 141 slain, mostly kids, in Taliban school massacre

  • Mourners and relatives of Pakistani teacher, Saeed Khan, a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, pray around his body, during his funeral procession in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Mourners and relatives of Pakistani teacher, Saeed Khan, a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, pray around his body, during his funeral procession in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man comforts a child who survives a Taliban attack on a school that killed more than 100 people, admits at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    A man comforts a child who survives a Taliban attack on a school that killed more than 100 people, admits at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners and relatives of Pakistani teacher, Saeed Khan, a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, carry his body, during his funeral procession in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Mourners and relatives of Pakistani teacher, Saeed Khan, a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, carry his body, during his funeral procession in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest.

A three-day official mourning period started Wednesday, a day after seven Taliban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, stormed the army public school in the city of Peshawar.

Students were gunned down and some of the female teachers were burned alive. Army commandos fought the Taliban in a day-long battle until the school was cleared and all the attackers dead.

The massacre was the deadliest slaughter of innocents in the country and horrified a nation already weary of unending terrorist attacks.

The Taliban said the attack was revenge for a military offensive against their safe havens in the northwest.