Karachi, 25 October 2016: The attack on the Police Training Academy in Pakistan’s Quetta has left over 60 cadets besides three militants dead and 118 injured.
One of the deadliest attacks in the country this year took place at the police academy on Saryab Road in the Balochistan capital which began soon after 11 pm on Monday.
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According to PTI, a security source said, “More than 60 police cadets were killed in the attack while about 115 were injured.”
Home minister of Balochistan province, Sarfaraz Bugti tweeted that 118 people were injured.
Bugti told the reporters that the attack was carried out by three terrorists “cycling back on an earlier estimate by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of five to six terrorists.”
He further added that when the attack took place there were around 700 police cadets and recruits in the college hostel.
Frontier Corps IG, Major General Sher Afghan said, after being cornered two of the militants had blown themselves up, and one was killed in the exchange of fire with the security forces. All three of them were wearing suicide vests.
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He added, “The three terrorists were believed to be from the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban.”
He told the reporters that the terrorists were in communication with the handlers in Afghanistan and was taking instructions from them.
Security forces “cleared the college in four hours”, he added.
Police, meanwhile said, “The compound had been cleared but search operations were still on. Local media footage showed some security vehicles leaving the college.”
Bugti confirmed that the injured people, that is, mostly police cadets and security personnel, was shifted to the civil hospital, Bolan Medical College hospital and Military hospital in Quetta.
He added, “The condition of some is critical.”
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The attack came a day after the separatist gunmen for the Baloch Liberation Army shot dead two coast guards and a civilian near the Gwadar port, in the coastal town of Jiwani of the same province.
-by NewsGram with PTI inputs