1. Quetta attack: 57 police recruits killed, 3 militants gunned down

Quetta attack: 57 police recruits killed, 3 militants gunned down

The attack on a police training academy in Pakistan's Quetta city came to a bloody end as security forces gunned down all three militants, but suffered at least 20 casualties during the strike which left over 100 people injured.

By: | Karachi | Updated: October 25, 2016 7:02 AM
quetta-reu-l Quetta attack: Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, had confirmed early on Tuesday that five to six gunmen had attacked a dormitory inside the training facility while cadets rested and slept. (Reuters)

At least 44 people were killed and 75 wounded when gunman stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta, hospital officials said on Tuesday. The three terrorists, believed to be from the Lashkar-e- Jhangvi Alami, had stormed the centre’s hostel on Saryab Road at around 11:10 PM last night, triggering an operation by Pakistani security forces who managed to rescue all the cadets from the academy.

Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, had confirmed early on Tuesday that five to six gunmen had attacked a dormitory inside the training facility while cadets rested and slept. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, whose roots are in the heartland Punjab province, has a history of carrying out sectarian attacks in Baluchistan, particularly against the minority Hazara Shias. It was unclear what motive the group would have in attacking the police academy, a home ministry official said.

While two of the militants had blown themselves up, one was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces, he said.

“Security forces including the Frontier Corps and Pakistan Army light brigade have cleared 99 per cent of the college area,” Bugti said, adding that the number of dead policemen could rise to 30.

Pakistan’s Geo News channel, meanwhile, reported that bodies of 29 policemen were brought to the Civil hospital and Bolan Medical College hospital adding that 116 people were injured.

Reacting to the attacks, Chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf and former captain Pakistan’s cricket team Imran Khan tweeted:

IG Frontier Corps, Major General Sher Afghan told reporters that the militants were communicating with handlers in Afghanistan and taking instructions from them.

“They are believed to be militants of the Lashkar-e- Jhangvi Alami outfit,” he said.

A policeman who was guarding the only entry point of the college was among those gunned down.

Monday night’s assault was the deadliest in Pakistan since a suicide bomber killed 70 people in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta in August. The bomber struck as a crowd of mostly lawyers and journalists crammed into the emergency ward of the hospital to accompany the body of a prominent lawyer who had been shot and killed in the city earlier in the day.

 

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