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UNICEF condemns today’s attack on children in school bus in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 13 September 2011 – Today’s reports of the deliberate attack by gunmen on a school bus in Peshawar, killing and injuring children, have shocked UNICEF.

"This outrageous attack carried out on young children at their most vulnerable -- on a school bus -- is deeply distressing," said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Pakistan Representative in Islamabad.

“Such an attack strikes at the most fundamental values of families in Pakistan and everywhere to have a safe and protective environment for their children. It is a violation of children's right to education and their right to develop to their full potential," said Mr Rohrmann.

“Children must be protected from violence at all times," said Mr Rohrmann.

For further information, please contact:
Kristen Elsby, Chief of Advocacy & Communication, UNICEF Pakistan,
Tel + 92-300-500-2595,

David Youngmeyer, Emergency Communication Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan,
Tel + 92-300-549-9257,

A. Sami Malik, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Pakistan, 
Tel +92-300-855-6654,

Patrick McCormick, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 1 212 326 7426,




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