Taliban Disguised In Burqas Attack Agriculture College Campus In Peshawar

  • Taliban Disguised In Burqas Attack Agriculture College Campus In Peshawar

Taliban Disguised In Burqas Attack Agriculture College Campus In Peshawar

At least 13 people were injured during the gun battle between the terrorists and security forces, including eight students, three army soldiers, one policeman and one security guard.

Authorities said the gunmen had been killed and security forces had cleared the area after searching for remaining militants.

He said six students, a security guard and two civilians were killed in the attack.

The gunmen also were killed, the BBC reported.

Another three people died at Khyber Teaching Hospital and 17 wounded were there, director Nekdad Afridi said.

Taliban claimed the responsibility, saying in a message from spokesman Mohammad Khorasani that they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Security has improved in Pakistan over the past few years but a spate of attacks in recent days, and a threat by hardline militants to unleash a new campaign against the government, has raised fears of bloodshed.

"Our mujahids have attacked the building, God willing our fighters will fight till the last drop of blood", he said.

Wali and another student rushed to his aid, hiding from the gunmen for nearly an hour before they were rescued by security forces.

The heavily-armed militants, who arrived on an auto rickshaw, attacked the students' hostel of the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on the University Road in the city, the capital of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

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

In 2014, Pakistani Taliban gunmen murdered more than 140 children in Peshawar, according to the BBC, making it one of the deadliest attack in the country's history.

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.