KARACHI: 60 police cadets and more than 100 injured in a deadly attack on a police training academy in restive Quetta city, Pakistan. The attack occured at 11:00 PM last night. Three militants also gunned down by the security forces of Pakistan. This attack is one of the deadliest strikes in Pakistan this year.
The attack on the Police Training College on Saryab Road, Balochistan province capital began at around 11:10 pm last night. Immediately, the operation took over by the Pakistani security forces who rescued hundreds of cadets from the academy.
According to a security sources that more than 60 police cadets were killed in the attack while about 115 were injured.
Home Minister of Balochistan province – Sarfaraz Bugti tweeted that 118 people were injured.
Bugti said that injured people who are mostly police cadets and security personnel, had been shifted to the Civil hospital, Bolan Medical College hospital and Military hospital in Quetta. The condition of some cadets is critical.
Out of 3 militants, one was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces and two others militants had blown themselves up after being cornered.
Frontier Corps IG, Major General – Sher Afghan said that all three were wearing suicide vests.
Sher Afghan added that 3 terrorists were believed to be from the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group affiliated with the Pakistan Taliban.
He further told reporters that they were communicating with handlers in Afghanistan and taking instructions from them.
Militants have conducted several attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.
The attack came a day after separatist gunmen for the Baloch Liberation Army on a motorcycle shot dead two coast guards and a civilian in coastal town of Jiwani near the Gwadar port in the same province.