Burqa-clad Taliban attack Pakistani college leaving nine dead, over 30 injured

Burqa-clad Taliban attack Pakistani college leaving nine dead, over 30 injured

A spokesman for the Pakistani military Gen. Asif Ghafoor has said "Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claiming the responsibility for the attack is a proof that it was planned by terrorists based in Afghanistan".

"Nine suspects were nabbed and were being probed for their role in the attack", a senior police officer said.

Photo At least one soldier was injured in the firefight. The others were being identified.

According to military's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), all the four attackers have been killed in the security forces operation. Security measures were already heightened around the country for Eid Milad-un Nabi, a Muslim holiday commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. Government and private buildings in the town were decorated and religious rallies were being carried out across the country, with candies and milk distributed at street stalls, to celebrate the holiday. "I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting "the Taliban have attacked", he said.

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However, the Pakistani army has made it clear that all of the attackers have also been killed, who shot a security guard before entering at the campus. In the adjacent town of Charsadda, militants attacked Bacha Khan University, named after a secular leader, in 2016, killing more than 20 students.

Talking exclusively to ARY News, the DG ISPR said the TTP leadership has taken shelter in Afghanistan. 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.

"Afghan Director General Military Operations (DGMO) is now visiting Pakistan and the evidences of TTP sanctuaries [in Afghanistan] were handed over to him", the DG ISPR added.

The attack came over a week after a suicide bomber killed top police official Mohammad Ashraf Noor and his guard in the provincial capital.

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In the firefight that ensued, they were confronted by police and paramilitary troops, who killed all the assailants. The complex includes offices, a teaching institute and a hostel. "The other student was pressing the wound with his hands to stop the blood and I had to put my hand on his mouth so that he can not scream", he said. Some were in critical condition, authorities said.

Pakistani volunteers rescue a student after the attack.

"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI".

Security forces in the clearance operation seized an explosives-laden vest, hand grenades and several assault-style rifles that the attackers had been carrying.

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