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

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

He said that he is monitoring the operation and that they are trying hard to safe lives of maximum students.

Thirteen people were injured in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday when terrorists stormed an agricultural training centre and opened fire in an attack claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

"All of them were wearing suicide vests but they were killed before they could blow themselves up", Salahuddin Khan Mehsud, police chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told AFP.

An eyewitness said he and his colleagues were sleeping when the firing started Geo News reported. The area reverberated with heavy gunfire while a huge explosion was also heard.

Due to holiday on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the hostel was officially closed. Another three people died at Khyber Teaching Hospital and 17 wounded were there, director Nekdad Afridi said. "I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting 'the Taliban have attacked, '" said a student.

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

Pakistani police said four burqa-clad militants opened fire on the building in Peshawar
Nine killed, 37 injured as terrorists attack Peshawar's Agriculture Directorate hostel

The Pakistani Taliban later released a video showing the attack, recorded with what appeared to be a body-mounted camera.

The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 50 students there at the time of attack, police said.

An interior ministry official told AFP that cellular networks had been suspended in various cities across the country for security reasons.

Violence erupted over the weekend after police and paramilitary forces launched a bungled attempt to clear the sit-in, igniting fresh demonstrations in cities across the country, including in Lahore and Karachi.

The attack also bore striking similarities to a 2014 Taliban massacre at the army-run school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mostly schoolchildren.

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