Nine dead as Taliban gunmen storm Pakistan school

The attackers were exchanging fire with security forces at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute of Peshawar said Tahir Khan chief of police in the northwestern city. file
Pakistan: 3 terrorists open fire at Agricultural Directorate near Peshawar University; journalist, security guard among injured
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02 December, 2017

3 burqa-clad Taliban terrorists went on a rampage after arriving in an auto at the agriculture college in Peshawar.

Bomb Disposal Squad Additional Inspector General Malik Shafqat said that the terrorists were wearing suicide jackets with ball bearings in them.

There were about 20 people including the students in the University as it had remained closed today due to Eid Miladun Nabi.

Mahsud said three attackers clad in women's burqas then reached the gate in a rickshaw and opened fire to clear their way to the building.

Pakistani security officials inspect the scene of a terrorist attack at Peshawar University in Peshawar.

Generally, there are around 400 students at the hostel, but because of the holiday there were only 150 present.

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"I was sleeping in my room with my other colleagues", said student Zulfiqar Ahmad.

Security has improved in Pakistan over the past few years but a spate of attacks in recent days, and a threat by hardline militants to unleash a new campaign against the government, has raised fears of bloodshed.

The Taliban took responsibility for the onslaught, saying it had targeted a dormitory housing Pakistan security services officials.

Shehzad Akbar, medical director of Hayatabad Medical Complex, said six people died of their wounds and 18 were being treated.

A spokeswomen for two hospitals in the city said they had received a total of nine bodies and were treating some 38 injured, including several in critical condition.

In 2014, Pakistani Taliban gunmen murdered more than 140 children in Peshawar, according to the BBC, making it one of the deadliest attack in the country's history. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by US -backed military action in 2001.


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