At least 60 cadets, most of them was fresh police recruits and 3 militants were dead and injured 118 others as militants attacked overnight on a police training academy in Balohistan’s capital Quetta, Pakistan, making it one of the deadliest attack in the country, this year. Army and Frontier Corps troops mounted an operation to eliminate the attackers.
The attack began at 11 pm last night. Some 200 trainees were stationed at the facility when the attack took place and some were taken hostage during the attack which lasted five hours.
The terrorists opened indiscriminate fire before storming the New Sariab Police Training College. They headed straight for the hostel and entered from the front gate, there around 250 police recruits were sleeping.
Three terrorists wearing suicide jackets entered the hostel after martyring a watchman. While two of them blew themselves off, one was killed in exchange of fire with security forces. There were around 700 police cadets and recruits in the college hostel when the attack took place.
Commandos of army, FC, police and Anti-Terrorists Force, backed by helicopters arrived the scene soon after the attack and launched an operation. After the army have taken control of the place, the injured were taken to different hospitals in the city in speeding ambulances and there a state of emergency was declared. The injured were mostly police cadets and security personnel, had been shifted to the Civil hospital, Bolan Medical College hospital and Military hospital in Quetta. Provincial authorities, in the meantime, also made arrangements to fly those with critical wounds to hospitals in Karachi.
Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said that the terrorists attacked the center, after they failed to hit a target in the provincial capital where security was on high alert following intelligence information about a possible attack three or four days back.
No group claimed responsibility of the attack. But Frontier Corps IG, Major General Sher Afghan said that they are believed to be from the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban. He said the militants were communicating with handlers in Afghanistan and taking instructions from them. He added, Security forces had “cleared the college in four hours”.
A Reuters photographer at the scene said authorities carried out the body of a teenage-boy who they said was one of the attackers and had been shot dead by security forces.
The attack came a day after separatist gunmen for the Baloch Liberation Army on a motorcycle shot dead two coast guards and a civilian and wounded a shopkeeper in the remote coastal town of Jiwani.
At least 73 people, most of them were lawyers were killed in a suicide bombing at the Civil hospital in Quetta. A splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as well as the IS claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.
Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff strongly condemned the terrorist attack and has expressed concern over the safety and security of police cadets at at the facility and directed that utmost efforts must be made to save precious lives while hunting down the terrorists. He added that all resources will be used to eliminate the threat of militancy from the country. A monitoring cell has also been established in PM house in wake of the attack.