Oversleeping saved his life as Taliban wiped off class 9 at Peshawar school

Published Dec 17, 2014, 11:47 pm IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 6:25 am IST
Dawood Ibrahim skipped school as his alarm clock did not work in the morning
This photograph was tweeted by @JaveriaShakil. (Photo: Twitter)
 This photograph was tweeted by @JaveriaShakil. (Photo: Twitter)

Peshawar: Taliban’s terror attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School wiped out the entire class 9, leaving behind 15-year-old Dawood Ibrahim.

The teenager survived the massacre only because he skipped school on Wednesday as his alarm clock did not work in the morning.


Ibrahim had gone to attend a wedding the night before and didn’t manage to wake up on time. He only lived to attend his friends’ funerals throughout the day on Thursday.

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132 children were killed after nine Taliban gunmen stormed inside the school, firing indiscriminately at the students and the staff. 

"It was fate. No one from his class survived; every single one of them was killed," Dawood's older brother Sufyan Ibrahim was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune of Pakistan.


An otherwise chirpy Ibrahim, also a sports enthusiast has suddenly gone quiet, according to his family.

Pakistani soldiers inspect inside the Army Public School attacked the day before by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (Photo: AP)

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A shocked Pakistan on Wednesday began observing three days of national mourning for the deceased. All educational institutions were closed in the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, of which Peshawar is the capital, in the aftermath of the tragedy that has shaken the world.


School children light candles at a school in Chennai on Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims of Peshawar school terror attack. (Photo: AP)

The national flag was flying at half-mast due to three days of mourning announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Watch: Devastation inside the school in Peshawar