Sunday, December 28, 2014

Missing AirAsia QZ8501

The logo for AirAsia (AA = 11) shows the Petronas Twin Towers in their hub city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AirAsia was created to compete against the established Malaysian Airlines (the source company for the missing MH307 flight - see below). AirAsia followed the model of Virgin Airlines who wished to compete against British Airways. AirAsia’s logo resembles Virgin’s, from its script typeface to its red color (which, one notices, is also reversed out of red to white, when appropriate).

An AirAsia flight has lost contact with air traffic control in Jakarta, Indonesia, a crisis center for the airline said Sunday. The plane's flight number is AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Surabaya, Indonesia, airport official said the missing AirAsia plane had 155 passengers, 6 crew on board. The pilots aboard the flight were Captain Iriyanto, who had a total of 6,100 flying hours, First Officer Remi Emmanuel Plesel, who had a total of 2,275 flying hours, and Flight Engineer Saiful Rakhmad. The cabin crew consisted of four flight attendants.

The actual craft now missing, PK-AXC, involved in this incident, is pictured below, from August 2011.

Here is AirAsia's official statement:
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.
The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours.
There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.
Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:
1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
1 France
3 South Korean
156 Indonesia
At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).
The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.

The flight took off from Juanda International Airport, Surabaya, at 05:35 Western Indonesian Time (WIB, UTC+7) and was scheduled to land at Singapore Changi Airport at 08:30 Singapore Standard Time (SGT, UTC+8). The plane had been under Indonesian air traffic control when it requested to deviate from its original flight path due to poor weather conditions. The pilot had requested to climb to 38,000 feet (11,600 m) to avoid thick cloud, although the final altitude indicated by the transponder and collected by Flightradar24 is 32,000 ft (9,750 m). The plane lost contact with air traffic control at 06:24 WIB while travelling over the Java Sea between Kalimantan and Java, still under Indonesian Air Traffic Control, at normal cruising altitude and speed. A meteorological analysis revealed that the aircraft was traversing a storm cluster during the minutes prior to its disappearance.

No distress signal was sent from the missing aircraft, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said. 

More on Malaysia Airlines MH370, a Boeing 777:

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Two Presidents Have Died on December 26th

This is a dangerous time of year for American Presidents.

Former President George H.W. Bush remained at a Houston hospital for a third day in a row on Christmas Day 2014, after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week.

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–53).

Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974 under President Richard Nixon.

Gerald Ford died on December 26, 2006 at 6:45 PM, the latest in the calendar year a president has died. Harry Truman also died on December 26 (exactly 34 years earlier, in 1972); he died earlier in the day, at 7:47AM.

December 26, 1799, was the date for George Washington's funeral. Four thousand people attended George Washington's funeral where Henry Lee III declared him as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

Washington had died at his Mt. Vernon, Virginia home around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. (reports vary) on Saturday, December 14, 1799, aged 67. His corpse was measured and he was found to be 6 feet 3.5 inches tall.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe in 1831 and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826 all died on July 4.

Millard Fillmore in 1874 and William Howard Taft in 1930 both died on March 8.

George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American retired politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993).

In this November 17, 2013 photograph, former President George H.W. Bush, who turned 90 in 2014, sits on the sidelines before a game between the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, in Houston, Texas.

Other notable December 26th events:

On December 26, 1811, a theater fire in Richmond, Virginia killed the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

On December 26, 1862, the largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, 38 Native Americans died.

On December 26, 1977, Howard Hawks, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896) died.

Louis Whitley Strieber (born June 13, 1945, San Antonio, Texas) asserts that he was abducted from his cabin in upstate New York on the evening of December 26, 1985 by non-human beings. He wrote about this experience and related experiences in Communion (1987), his first non-fiction book. Although the book is perceived generally as an account of alien abduction, Strieber draws no conclusions about the identity of alleged abductors. He refers to the beings as "the visitors," a name chosen to be as neutral as possible to entertain the possibility that they are not extraterrestrials and may instead exist in his mind.

The following Strieber books have been adapted into movies:
Wolfen (1981; Orion/Warner Bros.),
The Hunger (1983; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), and
Communion (1989; New Line Cinema).

In the Communion, Christopher Walken plays Whitley Strieber and Lindsay Crouse plays Anne Strieber. The film's score is by Eric Clapton. The movie is directed by Philippe Mora.

The Hunger is directed by Tony Scott, Ridley Scott's brother who jumped from a bridge to his death. (See "Tony Scott: Divine Sacrifice of the King.")

On December 26, 1986, Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress and singer (b. 1902) died. She is best remembered for her dual roles of Mary Shelley and the Monster's Bride, in Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Beginning: Cop Killer Copycats?

"This is just the beginning. There are people out there who will want to be copycats. The tension out there is the worst I’ve ever seen it," stated a police officer, who happened to be AfricanAmerican.
In a horrific moment, two New York City police officers were shot "execution-style" and killed December 20, 2014, Saturday afternoon, while in a parked patrol car in Brooklyn, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area pictured above.

In a somber news conference Saturday evening, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said the two officers were deliberately targeted. They were shot directly in their heads.

The officers were killed outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 2:45 p.m. Tompkins Avenue is photographed above, as near the site of this slaying. Tompkins is a patronymic form of Thomas, from the nickname Tom, and the added diminutive suffix "- kin," meaning near relative, plus the suffix "-s," itself a short form of "son." Thomas is ultimately of biblical origin, deriving from an aramaic byname meaning "twin," and was borne by one of Christ's disciples, best known for his skepticism about Christ's resurrection. Thus Tompkins means "twin sons" or "son of a twin."

A twin, of course, is literally a copycat.

Bratton acknowledged the danger officers face as part of the "thin blue line between us and anarchy....They were, quite simply, assassinated, targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced," Bratton said. "Both were ambushed and murdered."

Bratton said the attacker approached the officers' vehicle from the passenger side and opened fire, shooting his weapon several times. The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, "never had an opportunity to draw their weapons" and were "killed with no warning, no provocation...They may have never even seen their assailant, their murderer," Bratton said.

Officers Ramos and Liu

The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, fled to a nearby subway station, where he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Bratton said.

Earlier Saturday, Brinsley (pictured) shot his former girlfriend, injuring her at a Baltimore County, Maryland, residence, Bratton said. Brinsley also posted on the victim's Instagram account, where his comments indicated Brinsley had a "very strong bias against" police, Bratton said. 

The Internet postings appear to show Brinsley, who is black, wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., police said.

Shortly before the shooting, Instagram user "dontrunup" posted a photo of a silver handgun with wooden grips and the caption: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours … Let's take 2 of theirs. #shootthepolice #ripericgardner #ripmikebrown This may be my final post … I'm putting pigs in a blanket."

“I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours ... let’s take 2 of theirs,” Brinsley, 28, wrote on Instagram. This alludes to copycatting and twinning, sadly.

The Instagram account is linked to Facebook user named Bleau Barracuda, who police said appears to be Brinsley.

Reports are that Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the gunman, murdered in the name of the Jihad. Ads stating such bias were to be seen in ads on NYC subway clocks, on the waiting platforms. Note this 23 Street location.

A period of police officer shootings occurred in a concentrated fashion, said to be attributed to Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army, during the 1969-1971 timeframe.

Learn more about The Copycat Effect.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Manoora Massacre

The slaughter of the innocents continues, even if merely in purely domestic situations.

A teddy bear was seen against a fence across the road from the Cairns child massacre, apparently left for the "Temu Family."

Repeating imagery. Photo by Darren Broo.

On December 19, 2014 emergency crews were called to a home at 34 Murray Street in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Queensland, at about 11:20 a.m. local time where eight children were found dead. The victims were aged between 18 months and 15 years. Lisa Thaiday, who said she was the children's mother's cousin, said another sibling, a 20-year-old man, came home and found his brothers and sisters dead inside the house. The 34-year-old mother of seven of the children was also reportedly injured and taken to hospital.

Murray Street: The name Murray is Celtic and the meaning is "lives by the sea." In some interpretations, it is regarded as "from the sea" and/or "Lord of the Sea" (a/k/a Poseidon.)

The backyard of the home where eight children were found stabbed to death. Note the cross formed by the clothes lines.

Police had not issued any charges, as of 8:30 pm December 19, 2014.

The tragedy follows the Martin Place/Lindt siege which traumatized Australians this week. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said, “These are trying days for our country.”

The home where eight children were killed in Murray St, Manoora, Cairns, Australia.

“This neighbourhood is going to be a different place,” said 20-year-old Ngatu Temu, who knew the family well.

Rather sad and mysterious, but intriguing that this occurred during Hanukkah (sunset, December 16 to nightfall, December 24, 2014) in a town, Manoora, which phonetically sounds like menorah. There is absolutely no indication that this family is Jewish, of course.

Claims of "virulent anti-semitism" indicates a shortsighted reading of synchromystic and twilight language analayses.
The family names Temu and Thaiday appear to be indigenous in origin, from Pacific Islands, via Cook Island, through New Zealand, and ending up in Australia.

Night flight emails me this: "In addition to the name Manoora sounding like menorah, there were also eight children murdered and eight candles on the menorah. Strange coincidence."

These are all merely coincidences, but strange things do happen.
"It is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just 'something that happened.' This cannot be 'one of those things'...This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This was not just a matter of chance.…These strange things happen all the time." ~ Magnolia

(One candle for each child?) A candlelight vigil is held in the street where eight children died in a multiple stabbing in the suburb of Manoora. Photo: Ian Hitchcock. Source.

This northern Manoora is in Queensland, and appears to have been named after another Manoora in South Australia. The first Europeans to settle at the southernmost Manoora, in about 1841, were the sheep pastoralists Edward and William Peter, of Scottish origin. Peter (the "rock") is a name tied to early Christianity, needless to say.

The location of the first Manoora in Australia.

If this turns out to be a case of the mother stabbing her own children, it fits into a pattern in Australia of a high number of cases of mothers killing their own children. The infanticide is often carried out by taking the kids out into the desert in a van, and the killing (murder-suicide) of the mother and her children by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Update: The mother of seven of the children, 34-year old Mersane Warria, , also known as Raina Thaiday, now has been arrested over the murder. The eighth victim is believed to be Warria’s niece.

Neighbors reported Warria was seen pulling all of her belongings out the front door, screaming she was starting a "new life."

This is a domestic mental health issue. Neighbors reported they saw Warria pulling her belongings out the front door, exclaiming that she wanted to start a new life.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Synchromystic Of The Year 2014: Alan Abbadessa Green

The Twilight Language is giving its First Annual "Synchromystic Of The Year" Award to Alan Abbadessa Green on December 17, 2014. This is an honor that will be bestowed upon a deserving individual every year who has contributed to the broad dissemination of a better understanding of the objectives and goals underpinning the field of synchromysticism.
"Synchromysticism: The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance." ~ Jake Kotze, The Brave New World Order, August 18, 2006.
For those unaware, or reading about synchromysticism for the first time, here are a couple other formal definitions.
Synchromysticism: The drawing of connections in modern culture (movies, music lyrics, historical happenings and esoteric knowledge); and finding connections that could be coming from the "collective unconscious mind"; and finding connections between occult knowledge (i.e. esoteric fraternities, cults and secret rituals), politics and mass media. Source.
Synchromysticism is a portmanteau of the words "synchronicity" and "mysticism." A Synchronicity is a coincidence with meaning which is usually far less likely to occur naturally than typical coincidences. An observance of synchronicity is often coupled with a recent moment of personal enlightenment or great insight. A shift in consciousness of perceived reality will usually determine ones ability to see an increased number of synchronicities. Source.

Synchromysticism is a new field, and a few individuals, from Jake Kotze to the authors of recent books on the topic, are at the threshold of breaking new ground. Twenty top theorists on synchromysticism and twilight language were highlighted here. I've also  discussed "Synchromysticism's Godfather," James Shelby Downard, as well.

As I have attempted to explain in a piece on being a "synchromystic Fortean," part of being a synchromystic is to have a lightness about you. As I wrote, "I am not adverse to using a sense of humor in trying to find the keys along the way."

For Alan Abbadessa-Green's remarkable year of the positive promotion of synchromystic intellectual pursuits, via his new Sync Quick News, online, podcast, and other involvements, this blog chooses him as our "Synchromystic of the Year."

Every year, a unique artifact from the past and/or present will be awarded. This year, it is a beer stein that was created in 1990 to celebrate the 1969 Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon. Those involved in this field will understand the deeper level of this artifact, linked to 11, Apollo, the Moon, Stanley Kubrick, and much much more.

Place it in a location of honor, Alan Abbadessa-Green. With all good humor, sync and seriousness, congratulations!

For more complete insights into who is Alan Abbadessa-Green, Guillaume Samard (with the assistance of Jj Draa) has shared the following biography:
Alan Abbadessa-Green is an author and researcher who published The Sync Book, a collection of 26 essays on synchronicity. This led to the creation of Sync Book Press and the publication of three additional books, including his followup, The Sync Book Vol. 2 (with 26 new contributors). 
The website, The Sync Book is a wonderful place to search and use, with over 600 hours of radio archives, four weekly shows and a wide variety of books and HD videos. With Sync Book Press, Alan has published other books from different authors (Winter's Labyrinth, a novella in four parts; Dog Park: Accidental Initiations, and more recently The Yogic Gospel of Thomas and Astromusik). 
Sync Book Press has also given birth to "Sync Book Radio," which hosts multiple weekly radio shows such as "42 Minutes," "Always Record," "Synchronize," and recently the addition of two new shows, "Marty Leeds' Mathemagical Hour Radio" and "Pentamental." 
Before The Sync Book, Alan was already the originator of a few projects, including Squares That Touch (a graphic novel) and his first book, All the Happy Creatures
Alan is also the creator of the excellent blog All the Happy Creatures
Alan has given a number of interviews (on Red Ice Radio 2013, Red Ice Radio 2011, Anthony Peake's Consciousness Hour, The Corbett Report, Mike Clelland's Hidden Experience, The Vinny Eastwood Show, Sky Blue Symposia, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, Time Monk Radio, Frater X's Middle Chamber, Truth Frequency, Cosmic Gnostic Radio, and many more). On which you could have heard him say: "One of the things I cover is the fact that a publisher asked me in 2007 to write a book about the 2012 meme, which I hadn't studied at all at the time. It was their very very specific demand that I write the book to promote the idea that the world was going to end as to 'scare people into buying books.' It is with this perspective that I know just how fear is used as a motivator and that facts are often unpleasant obstacles. I have instead pledged myself to spreading truth and cutting through fear-based propaganda." - Alan Abbadessa Green 
The Sync Book adventure will enter its fifth year soon: "We have outgrown one model and are birthing another." 
He recently released the first part of the upcoming three part video series Suicide Kings, which you can watch for free here.  
A few weeks ago, Alan started a new and very innovative show, called Sync Quick News.  It is a short video format published weekly, which explores in 5 minutes or less, the news (local/community and general/mainstream headlines) through "synchronicity's wide angle looking glasses," and, of course, with Alan's personal view of this world, which is often expressed in his unmistakable sharpened sense of humor. 
Who knows what's coming next with a such complete artist?
Alan is a multimedia artist. He has had his self-published anthology on display at The Baltimore Museum of Art. His animation has been projected onstage at the New York International Fringe Festival, commissioned by a Bollywood director, shown in corporate boardrooms and featured in music.

Besides the video component, his project Suicide Kings will be a book exploring synchronicity, archetypes and esoteric symbolism in the JFK assassination, 9/11 and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Here are some of Alan's books.

Also, Alan organized the following "sync summit," which I predict will grow in the coming years.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jumping Deaths: Korn, Amber, and Onassis

Overnight, I received this tweet: "What's with all these people falling out of windows? Seems up your alley. ~ @consprcy_carrot."

Sometimes a little note may reveal a lot. Okay, I searched and found a few. Where they lead is surprising.

First and foremost, in the news this morning, is the suicide of Jeffrey Vanchiro, a popular Brooklyn Nets fan, who died Sunday, December 14, 2014, night from injuries he sustained when he jumped out of a second-story window at his father's house in Flushing, Queens, on Saturday night, December 13th.

Vanchiro, commonly known as Jeffrey Gamblero, was 38. He was one of the most active graffiti artist in the late 1990s under the alias "Korn." (Below is an example of his craft.)

Vanchiro/Gamblero is to be recalled as the one-legged man who was unceremoniously ejected from Madison Square Garden during a Knicks-Nets game in early December.
Those close to Vanchiro stated that the ejection took a serious toll on the 38-year-old’s mental health. 

“He was paranoid. He was erratic,” a friend told New York Daily News. “He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.”

Another jumping death that happened on Saturday night, December 13, 2014, involved a woman leaping from the 10th Street Bridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office has identified the woman as Amber Woodhouse, 24, of Lebanon. She fell into traffic lanes of I-376 and was killed.

Pittsburgh police said the woman apparently jumped from the 10th Street Bridge, landed on the Parkway East, and was struck by oncoming traffic, shortly after 7:00 p.m. She was pronounced dead at 7:33 p.m., according to the supervisor with the medical examiner’s office.

A witness told police the person had been hanging onto the bridge railing before releasing her grip and falling to her death.

Word of a third jumping death brings with it news from the names tied to the Gemstone stories.

Athina Onassis's horse was killed after a rare show-jumping accident on Thursday evening, December 11, 2014, at the Credit Suisse Grand Prix event in Geneva, Switzerland. The French-Greek heiress, who was riding the 11-year-old mare Camille Z, was unharmed, local news reports say. Yes, an 11 year-old horse dies on the 11th, in the Year of the Horse.

Onassis, 29, and Camille Z were competing in front of a full arena. After failing to successfully clear an oxer – a show-jumping obstacle that is both tall and wide – Onassis was thrown and her horse suffered a break in its rear leg.

According to the Tribune de Geneve, it required 45 minutes for teams to tranquilize the animal and remove it by ambulance to a veterinary facility where, after an examination, the decision was made to euthanize the animal.

A competition jumper since her teens, Onassis has been riding Camille Z in competition since 2013. The heiress and her husband, Brazil's four-time Olympic rider Alvaro "Doda" Affonso de Miranda Neto, travel the show-jumping circuit year-round while maintaining homes and stables in Sao Paolo, Florida and Belgium. The only child of Christina Onassis, Onassis inherited the greater portion of her grandfather's Aristotle Onassis's fortune following her mother's 1988 death.

At that time, Athina was 3 years old and her inheritance was believed to have been in excess of $1 billion. Fighting over control of the inheritance was a source of legal dispute for two decades, leaving Onassis, it has been said, with much antipathy towards all things Greek.

In April, 2013, she attempted to sell off Skorpios, her family's private island where her grandfather married Jacqueline Kennedy in October 1968.

Mainly known as the private island of the late Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis, Skorpios was bought in 1962 for 3 million Greek Drachmas. It was the site of his wedding to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on October 20, 1968 which brought the island onto international spotlight. The media went crazy for both the celebrity couple and the idea of private islands, and owning one quickly became the highest symbol of wealth and status. 

Skorpios (which means "scorpion") is tied to conspiracy theories involving JFK, Howard Hughes, and Aristotle Onassis. The document, The Gemstone File portrays Onassis as the main force behind the election of John F. Kennedy as President, and subsequently, Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

Furthermore, Ian Fleming's book, Diamonds Are Forever, is an overt fictional revealing of the covert Gemstone File. At its core, it is about James Bond observing the faking of the Apollo Moon missions while in the secret NASA base outside of Las Vegas. It is also about the use of diamonds to make a space-based laser system, one that could project holographic images into the sky. For more, see, "Gemstones Are Forever: Bond, Elrod House, Onassis, Hughes & JFK."

See also more on Apollo and Scorpion here.

From the Gateway Arch to the Khyber Pass Gateway

The Gateway to the Khyber Pass, at Peshawar, is an archway to a mountain pass linking Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Pass was an integral part of the ancient Silk Road and throughout history, it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia and a strategic military location. It also lies at the end of the Grand Trunk Road.

The heart of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa was initially termed “Pushpapura” and means "the city of flora." Peshawar is sited on the boundary of South Asia and Central Asia and become the business center of South Asia. Peshawar is also known as “The City of Frontier” because the city that link the Afghanistan and Pakistan through the Khyber Pass. Peshawar is the commercial center of the Pakistan based, in part, on their connection to its unique food industry and home of textile, silk, carpets and other items.

From the Gateway Arch to the Khyber Pass Gateway, the thread of destruction of human life continues. We living in times of violence.

The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan, gunning down and killing at least 141 people -- most of them children -- in one of the bloodiest attacks in the country's history.

The Army Public School is located at Warsak Road near Cantonment, Peshawar, which is part of Army Public Schools & Colleges System that runs 146 schools in Pakistan.

The attack began at around noon when seven gunmen, dressed in uniforms of the Pakistani Frontier Corps, entered the school from the back through a cemetery adjacent to the school, after scaling its walls. Before entering the school the gunmen set fire to vehicles, then indiscriminately opened fire with automatic weapons in the central auditorium of the school, where children were gathered for a school function.

The Pakistani Taliban killed 141 people, including 132 children, in an attack on an army run school in Peshawar, a city in the country’s north-west. The attack was the deadliest in Pakistan’s history.

All of the militants in the school attack in northwest Pakistan have been killed, a Peshawar police official says.

Pakistan’s Major General Asim Bajwa says there were seven militants, all wearing suicide jackets, and that several special forces soldiers were wounded in the fighting.

“The terrorists used a ladder to cross the school walls from the graveyard behind the school. The terrorists and the Pakistani army fought in the administrative block of the school.”

He says 960 students and staff were saved in the rescue operation, and that 121 children were wounded during the attack.

This is a short overview of similar attacks in Pakistan.

16 December 2014: Taliban attack on school in Peshawar leaves at least 135 people dead, most of them children

22 September 2013: Militants linked to the Taliban kill at least 80 people at a church in Peshawar, in one of the worst attacks on Christians

10 January 2013: Militant bombers target the Hazara Shia Muslim minority in the city of Quetta, killing 120 at a snooker hall and on a street

28 May 2010: Gunmen attack two mosques of the minority Ahmadi Islamic sect in Lahore, killing more than 80 people

18 October 2007: Twin bomb attack at a rally for Benazir Bhutto in Karachi leaves at least 130 dead. Unclear if Taliban behind attack.

Peshawar is situated in a large valley near the eastern end of the Khyber

In 2002, Osama bin Laden slipped into Pakistan. He then lived in at least
five different places including Peshawar before finally settling down in
Abbottabad in 2005. It was there where he was eventually killed by US Navy
SEALs in a covert raid begun on May 1, 2011. The official death date for
Osama bin Laden is given as May 2, 2011.

The operation, code named Zero Dark Thirty, and used as the title of a
famed film on the event, was defined as "a military term for 30 minutes
after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that
cloaked the entire decade-long mission."

The raid was completed shortly after 1am local time when he was shot once
in the chest and once in the head by a Navy Seal who announced, "For God
and country Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo," because Geronimo was the
code-name given to the al-Qaeda leader.