Monday, 11 December, 2017

Taliban Fighters Dress as Women for Deadly Assault on Pakistan School

Pakistan attack Police and rescue workers stand outside the Directorate of Agriculture Institute in Peshawar Pakistan
Charlie Simmons | 02 December, 2017, 01:37

Among the inured are: there are seven students, 2 Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, one police officer, a guard, and a journalist. At least 37 people were injured in total, sources said.

The army was called in to clear the gunmen from the University of Agriculture on Friday.

Local newspaper reports said four of the terrorists have also been gunned down as they fought security forces.

One injured student, Ahteshan ul-Haq, said the university hostel normally houses almost 400 students, but at the time of the attack most students were gone for a holiday weekend and only 120 students remained.

According to the Pakistan Army's media wing, The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Getting information about the incident, heavy contingent of police Army and Frontier Corps immediately arrived at the scene and cordoned off the entire area for the operation. The terror group's spokesman, Mohammad Khorasani, said they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, Reuters reported. Security measures have been taken keeping Eid Milad-un-Nabi in view.

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

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The attack, which is ongoing, reportedly injured 12 people so far.

Security officials said that militants clad in burqa used an auto rickshaw to reach the building.

The TTP, in a statement said that three of its combatants carried out the attack.

The injured include a police sub-inspector and a constable.

Pakistani volunteers rescue a student after the attack.

The Dawn quoted police officials, as saying that the terrorists aimed to attack the university hostel.

A comparatively small number of students and others were present in the typically crowded complex at the time of the attack because Friday is a holiday - the day when Muslims celebrate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.

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