Militants open fire in Pak college, 12 dead

Violet Powell
December 2, 2017

At least 12 people were killed and 38 including two policemen and one journalist sustained injuries who were then shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital.

Police Chief Salahuddin Mahsud of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said attackers opened fire on the main gate of the campus of an agricultural college, initially wounding two guards and two students.

According to military's public affairs wing, ISPR, all the four attackers have been killed in the security forces operation.

The KP police said that all terrorists were neutralised after a successful clearance operation by the security forces.

A report in Dawn said three burqa-clad men entered the directorate and started firing.

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The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions in the city including the University of Peshawar. The institute hostel was officially closed on Friday due to the celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi. The university hostel usually houses almost 400 students, but most had gone home for a long holiday weekend and only about 120 students remained. Aerial surveillance of the operation was carried out by the army aviation division whereas armoured vehicles of security forces were also called on site.

The main Taliban militant group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility saying the place they attacked was housing a secret intelligence office.

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

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

The Pakistani Taliban later released a video showing the attack, recorded with what appeared to be a body-mounted camera. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by USA -backed military action in 2001.

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