People rally in connection with first anniversary of the school attack, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani Taliban militants attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 150 people, mostly children on Dec. 16. 2014. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — 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.
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