Taliban gunmen launch deadly attack on Peshawar college

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Three burqa-clad Taliban militants stormed the institute and opened indiscriminate fire, killing at least 12 people, half of them students, before being shot dead by security forces yesterday.

Students of the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road in Peshawar described the attack as a horrifying ordeal.

Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack. They stormed the Agricultural Training Institute of Peshawar around 10:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET), and all three attackers were killed within an hour. Hospital authorities said nine persons mostly students were killed in the attack.

The attackers were wearing a full-face burqa (veil) and came in a rickshaw, said IG Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Salahuddin Mehsud while speaking to ARY News. Eight students and an office worker were killed, said the police.One blast was heard from inside the campus too. Sanctuary on the Pakistan side and presence on the Afghan side remain a security challenge for both countries and pose a threat to regional security and stability.

Another trainee, Saleh said that the terrorists shot everyone who was roaming around.They were breaking doors down to attack other students.

Heavy cache of weapons seized from the terrorists.

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The eyewitness, a student, said he and his colleagues ran as fast as they could but two of their colleagues were injured in the firing.

Shedding light on the operation, ISPR chief Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor commended Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police for their timely response and competency.

"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.

Those injured in the attack include a gatekeeper, journalist of a Channel-24 channel, two students among others.

He said that the attacker took advantage of the off-day and the early morning when police were just reaching for their duty stations.