9 killed after gunmen storm Pakistan student accommodation
December 01 2017 10:40 AM
Pakistani security personnel take position outside an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack
Pakistani security personnel take position outside an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar

Dpa/Islamabad

At least nine people including five students were killed in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday when militants stormed an agriculture training centre.

A security guard and five students are among the dead, the hospital that received the bodies said.

"We also received 18 other people with minor injuries," Muhammad Tariq from Hayatabad Medical Complex told dpa. At least 37 people were injured in total, sources said.

 Five attackers were killed, police officer Muhammad Nadeem said.

Police said the attack began at around 8:40 am (0340 GMT) when burqa-clad attackers stormed the compound in the north-western city.

Local media reported that police and the army reached the site shortly afterwards and exchanged fire with the attackers. Intermittent gunfire and explosions were heard from inside the premises for about two hours.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in an email that the fighters attacked "a secret office of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)."  The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 100 people there at the time of attack, police said.

The assault took place on Eid-milad-e-Nabi, the birth anniversary of prophet Mohammed, a public holiday in Pakistan.

In 2016, gunmen attacked Bacha Khan University in north-western Pakistan killing at least 20 people. 




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13 wounded after gunmen storm Pakistan agriculture institute

Thirteen people were injured in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday when terrorists stormed an agricultural training centre and opened fire in an attack claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Police said the attack began at around 08:40 am (0340 GMT) when three burqa-clad attackers stormed the compound in the north-western city.

Local media reported that police and the army reached the site shortly afterwards and exchanged fire with the attackers. Intermittent gunfire and explosions were heard from inside the premises for about two hours.

‘All five attackers have been killed,’ police spokesman Muhammad Nadeem later told dpa. He said the operation had been completed and the building was being cleared by security officials.

Local media initially said there were four attackers, while police had said there were three.

At least 13 people were injured during the gun battle between the terrorists and security forces, including eight students, three army soldiers, one policeman and one security guard.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. ‘Our three people have attacked a secret office of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),’ TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in an email.

The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 50 students there at the time of attack, police said.

The attack took place on the eve of Eid-milad-e-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, being celebrated in the country. The government has declared a public holiday.

In 2016, gunmen attacked Bacha Khan University in north-western Pakistan killing at least 20 people. 

Last updated: December 01 2017 12:02 PM


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