Nine killed, 37 injured as terrorists attack Peshawar's Agriculture Directorate hostel

by Garry Watts December 2, 2017, 0:30
Nine killed, 37 injured as terrorists attack Peshawar's Agriculture Directorate hostel

The hostel of the directorate was officially closed on Friday as the country observes Eid Miladun Nabi. The area reverberated with heavy gunfire while a huge explosion was also heard.

Local media reported that police and the army reached the site shortly afterwards and exchanged fire with the attackers.

A wounded student, Ahteshan ul-Haq, told Reuters the university hostel usually houses almost 400 students, but most had gone home for a long holiday weekend and only about 120 students remained.

Police said at least three militants opened fire at security guards near the gates of the Agriculture Training Institute, injuring one person before making their way inside and targeting student accommodation.

The ISPR said the terrorists were in contact with their handlers in Afghanistan during the attack.

A security guard and five students are among the dead, the hospital that received the bodies said.

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"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI, God willing our fighters will fight till the last drop of blood", he said, referring to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency.

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

The militants also issued photos of the attackers, who they said were from nearby Swat Valley, singing with the movement's fugitive leader, Mullah Fazlullah, before their mission.

The injured are being taken to Khyber Teaching Hospital for treatment.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed a series of high-profile attacks in the country in recent years, the deadliest being the Peshawar school massacre that left 151 people dead, including 134 children. 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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