Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

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

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

A spokeswomen for two hospitals in the city said they had received nine bodies and were treating 38 injured people, including several in a critical condition.

Shehzad Akbar, medical director of Hayatabad Medical Complex, said six people died of their wounds and 18 were being treated.

The attackers reportedly exchanged fire with security forces at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute of Peshawar on Friday morning, the chief of police in the northwestern city, Tahir Khan said. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, three terrorists were killed in the ensuing operation.

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. The institute hostel was officially closed on Friday due to the celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi.

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Following the incident, a heavy contingent of police and Pakistan Army troops reached the site and cordoned off the area, besides sealing all roads leading to the directorate.

"We took shelter inside the bedroom and were begging the injured student not to make any sound as the terrorists might hear it and kill us".

Local newspaper reports said four of the terrorists have also been gunned down as they fought security forces.

"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.

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban, has already claimed responsibility for the attack.

Peshawar has been the scene of some of the worst violence during the years of an insurgency by the Pakistani Taliban.

In December 2014, a Taliban attack on the army-run school in Peshawar killed 151 people, mostly schoolchildren.

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