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Pakistan Schools Close on Anniversary of Deadly School Siege



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    Pakistani students rally in Lahore, Pakistan to condemn a terrorist attack on a school last year, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. Pakistani Taliban militants attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 150 people, mostly children on Dec. 16. 2014.

    Pakistan has closed schools across the country for a day on the anniversary of last year's Taliban attack that killed over 150 people, 144 of them schoolchildren.

    Government spokesman Mushtaq Ghani said Wednesday the closure is part a day of national mourning and a precaution against militant attacks tied to the anniversary.

    Pakistan's top civilian and military leadership attended a ceremony in the northwestern city of Peshawar to award medals to the victims' families.

    In the wake of the attack, Pakistan stepped up its campaign against Islamic militants, lifting a moratorium on the death penalty and trying alleged terrorists in military courts.

    The Taliban and their allied Islamic militants have been waging a war against the state for over a decade, killing thousands.