More than 100 people from Aylesbury including the former mayor are caught up in the Pakistani town of Peshawar where 132 school children have been killed by Taliban terrorists.
County councillor Niknam Hussain, who was mayor of Aylesbury in 2006-07, is there with his family and has spoken by telephone to Councillor Raj Khan, whose own wife and children are also there.
Mr Khan said: “In the last few days about 130 people from Aylesbury have gone over there.
“They take the children out of school for a week and with the Christmas holidays coming up they can spend about three weeks out there.”
But the trip has been turned into a nightmare after nine Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the town in the north west of the country, in the worst ever militant attack to hit the troubled region.
Mr Khan said: “I am due to go myself this weekend.
“I am worried for the safety of my family, a lot of our relatives have gone out there.
“We are keeping in touch.
“I have spoken to Niknam on the phone, he’s worried, upset, they can’t get back into the house because of what has happened.”