Horrifying pictures have emerged showing the Taliban gun squad who slaughtered 132 innocent children posing in front of an extremist flag reading: 'There is no God but Allah'.
The chilling photos show six heavily-armed gunmen standing in front of the white Islamist banner - the flag of the Pakistan Taliban - just hours before carrying out the bloody massacre.
The writing on the flag which is proudly hung behind them reads: ‘There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger.'
Hours later, the death squad had carried out a indiscriminate slaughter at the Army Military School in Peshawar, in which 148 victims were shot to death.
The images were released by the terror group's spokesman Mohammad Khurasani, as it was revealed the terror group is planning more attacks at schools in Pakistan.
Depraved: The Taliban gunmen who slaughtered 148 innocent people, including 132 children, are pictured just hours before the massacre. The white banner they pose in front of is the flag of the Pakistani Taliban and reads: 'There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger’
In disguise: The photographs show the six heavily armed men wearing everyday clothing - a chilling disguise that meant security guards did not recognise them as being members of the Taliban
Killers: Photographs of the six men responsible for murdering 132 children were released by the Taliban this morning, along with an emailed statement revealing the terrorists plan more attacks at schools in Pakistan
Militants: All six gunmen were shot dead by Pakistan security officials - but not until they'd killed 132 children
Warped: These two-cold blooded killers stare menacingly into the camera before carrying out the massacre
Armed: Released by the terror group's spokesman Mohammad Khurasani a third group shot shows the same men wearing full military fatigues - an outfit that would outed them as Taliban to security guards
Terror leader: Maulana Fazlullah - the firebrand militant, whose thick black beard reaches halfway down his chest - took control of the Pakistani Taliban 13 months ago
In an email released this morning, Khurasani attempted to justify the attack by claiming that said the Pakistani army has long killed the innocent children and families of Taliban fighters.
He vowed more such militant attacks and told Pakistani civilians to detach themselves from all military institution, adding: 'We are still able to carry out major attacks. This was just the trailer.'
In the email, the terror group warned Muslims to avoid places with military ties, saying it attacked the school to avenge the deaths of children allegedly killed by soldiers in tribal areas.
It accused the students at the army school of 'following the path of their fathers and brothers to take part in the fight against the tribesmen' nationwide.
This morning, Peshawar began the harrowing process of conducting mass funerals, the family of a teacher torched alive in front of her class by the men gathered to say funeral prayers
Several photographs of the murders were released by the Pakistani Taliban this morning. All six men were named on Twitter, but their personal details have not yet been independently verified.
The group are seen wearing full military fatigues and posing in front of a white banner daubed with religious slogans.
Following the release of the photographs, authorities in the capital Islamabad issued a letter calling on schools to increase security and to check underneath buses and other vehicles.
It comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this morning reinstated the death penalty for acts of terrorism.
Government spokesman Mohiuddin Wan said: 'It was decided that this moratorium should be lifted. The prime minister approved... Black warrants [execution orders] will be issued within a day or two.'
The moratorium on civilian executions had been in place since 2008.
The emergence of the photographs comes as it was revealed the man who ordered the bloody slaughter of the 132 children is Maulana Fazlullah - the head of the country's Taliban terror group and a man whose previous crimes include ordering the murder of teenage education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.
Fazlullah is understood to have demanded that his lieutenant Umar Naray managed the operation, and communicated with the gunmen directly from his base over the border in Afghanistan.
'His communications have been intercepted as well which helped security agencies in tracing his location and whereabouts which was urgently shared not only with the Afghan army but also with Nato forces,' a security source was quoted as telling Peshawar's Dawn newspaper.
The firebrand militant, whose thick black beard reaches halfway down his chest, took control of the Pakistani Taliban 13 months ago, and it is thought yesterday's massacre may have been his barbaric revenge for Malala, 17, being award the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year.
Whatever his twisted motive, Fazlullah has succeeded in uniting the world in revulsion once again.
As people around the world united to condemn the attack, the Taliban gloatingly published pictures of the fighters responsible for the slaughter.
A series of images shows them lined up with assault rifles and rocket launchers.
The masscre led to calls for the death penalty to be restored. 'It was decided that this moratorium should be lifted. The prime minister approved,' said government spokesman Mohiuddin Wan, referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's approval of the decision by a ministerial committee.
A moratorium on the death penalty was imposed in 2008 and only one execution has taken place since then.
The government declared a three-day mourning period, starting this morning.
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