As the nation of Pakistan marks three days of mourning the brazen attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, messages of solidarity are coming in from all over the world.
Ziauddin Yousafzai, whose daughter and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala was also targeted in the same province by the same terrorists, Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), reacted to the tragic incident on Wednesday.
Yousafzai described how his entire family was left traumatized after learning about the massacre of at least 141 people, most of them children between the ages of 12 and 16.
Calling the attack the “extreme of extremism,” the education campaigner revealed how his wife Tor Pekai fell unconsciousness for around 15 minutes after hearing the distressing news.
“Peshawar has been witnessing this kind of terror for the last many, many years, but what happened yesterday has no example in the history of Pakistan,” he stated in an interview.
“When my daughter was attacked, the world turned into a dark hole for our family and I can imagine how much sadness and terror and horror the families will be passing through now,” he added.
Yousafzai's comments came a day after his daughter Malala, who was shot in the head on a school bus by the Taliban in 2012 for her advocacy of women's right to education, addressed the tragedy in Peshawar.
"I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us," Malala said in a statement.
"Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable."