Over 61 killed in terror attack on Pak police college
In a brazen attack, 61 police cadets were killed and 118 others were injured, when three militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police training academy in Quetta city in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province late Monday night.
The attack on the Police Training College on Saryab Road in the provincial capital began around 11:10 pm, triggering an operation by Pakistani security forces, who rescued hundreds of cadets from the academy. “More than 60 police cadets were killed in the attack, while about 115 were injured,” a security source said.
Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province, tweeted that 118 people were injured. Bugti had earlier claimed that the attack was carried out by three terrorists. He said there were around 700 police cadets and recruits in the college hostel when the attack took place.
While two of the militants had blown themselves up after being cornered, one was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces. All three were wearing suicide vests, Frontier Corps IG, Major General Sher Afghan said.
The three terrorists were believed to be from the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, he added. He said the militants were communicating with handlers in Afghanistan and taking instructions from them.