Quetta attack: 60 cadets killed as militants storm police academy in Pakistan

There were at least 600 cadets present in the centre's hostel when the attack took place.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 10:15 am
quetta, Quetta attack, quetta Terror Attack, Pakistan police attack, pakistan terror attack, Militants attack police training centre, quetta police training centre attacked, pakistan police training centre attack, pakistan attack, news, latest news, Pakistan news, world news, international news Attackers reportedly entered the hostels of the training centre and opened fire, possibly also taking some police personnel hostage. (Source: AP)

Militants attacked a Police Training Centre in Quetta, Pakistan late on Monday night. The overnight attack has left 60 cadets besides three militants dead, and 118 people injured, making it one of the deadliest strikes in the country this year, reported PTI.

The attack on the Balochistan Police College, 20 km from the province capital, began at around 11.10 pm last night, triggering an operation by Pakistani security forces who rescued hundreds of cadets from the academy.

Attackers reportedly entered the hostels of the training centre from the front gate and opened fire, possibly also taking some police personnel hostage and injuring 118 cadets.

“44 shaheed 118 inj #QuettaAttack (sic),” Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province tweeted Bugti had earlier told reporters that the attack had been carried out by three terrorists, cycling back on an earlier estimate by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of “five to six terrorists”.

While two of the militants had blown themselves up, one was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces, he said. He had put the casualties of policemen at 20. “Security forces including the Frontier Corps and Pakistan Army light brigade have cleared 95 per cent of the college area,” he had said, adding that there were around 700 police cadets and recruits in the college hostel when the attack took place.

The three terrorists were believed to be from the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, Frontier Corps IG, Major General Sher Afghan said. He told reporters that the militants were communicating with handlers in Afghanistan and taking instructions from them.

Security forces had “cleared the college in four hours”, he said.

Policeman who was guarding the only entry point of the college was among those gunned down. Bugti said the injured people, 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 is critical,” he said. He said there was a Frontier Corps official and captain among the injured.

Meanwhile, 200 of the 600 cadets, present in the centre’s hostel, have been rescued. Five or six terrorists attacked the training centre’s hostel in Sariab Road at around 11.30 pm, according to reports by the Dawn. The Police Training College is located at sarib Road in Quetta, Pakistan.

Chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps Major General Sher Afgan told reporters that the attackers appeared to be in contact with handlers in Afghanistan. He said the attacker belonged to the banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi group, an Islamic militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda. He said that many of the trainees were killed when the gunmen detonated explosive vests.

The Chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf and former captain Pakistan’s cricket team Imran Khan, condemned the attack and called it “cowardly”.

Pakistani volunteers and police officers rush an injured person to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, after two separate attacks in Pakistan. Gunmen stormed a police training center in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan Monday, leaving several people wounded, hours after another attack near to Quetta leaving two customs officers dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) An emergency has been declared in all government hospitals of the provincial capital, with the injured shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and the Bolan Medical Complex. (source: AP)

A statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the Pakistan Army and Frontier Constabulary troops arrived at the site along with extra contingents of security forces. A cordon was established and there was an exchange of gunfire. Explosions were heard inside the centre.

An emergency has been declared in all government hospitals of the provincial capital, with the injured shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and the Bolan Medical Complex. Militants have conducted attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by an 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.

In August, a suicide bombing at the Civil hospital in Quetta killed 73 people, most of them lawyers. A splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as well as the IS claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.

With inputs from PTI and AP

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First Published on: October 25, 2016 1:35 am
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    Ikok
    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:23 am
    Well this is the surgical strike Indian army and Raw have been updating to govt..
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      indian
      Oct 25, 2016 at 12:57 am
      Waiting for them to blame India for this too
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        Chandu Shah
        Oct 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm
        stan is blaming India for Quetta
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          Chandu Shah
          Oct 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm
          Let stan blame India. The world knows the truth. Let it destroy itself
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            Jayt
            Oct 25, 2016 at 6:36 am
            The sane elements in stan must tell the stan government and the Army that stan must stop using terrorism as a state policy. There are not good terrorists and bad terrorists. All terrorists are bad. stan is hot bed of terrorism, and produces and exports terrorists to countries across the world. stan must be isolated completely. Any country that really respects human rights, must not have any relationship with stan.
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              Satendra kumar
              Oct 25, 2016 at 3:23 am
              stan has it's own problem at it's home soil needs to stop all It's terrorist campaign.
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                Outraged Indian
                Oct 25, 2016 at 2:05 am
                Pak killed it's own people to portray itself as a victim.
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                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 6:13 am
                  good terrorist did a good job,----well done and a very many happy returns of the day,---thanks.
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                    MyTake
                    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm
                    How and since when Baloch become stani when Jinnah himself as lawyer fought for Baloch separate ideny then after few days stan illegally occupied it? What is stani by the way? How can acronym become an ideny of a nation? It is understood Tajikistan for Tajik, Balochistan for Baloch, Hindustan for Hindus, Turkmenistan for Turk. What means stan for PAK? Who is Pak? Anyone out there Pak?
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                      George
                      Oct 25, 2016 at 4:24 am
                      These s deserve to die like flies. When Indiand are killed by terrorists from their country, they rejoice. How many Ondians including soldiers have died by terrorists. It is a shame on stan for not standing upto to terror. The s are one of the worst human beings comparable to ISIS.
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                        SubbuI
                        Oct 25, 2016 at 9:50 am
                        IT IS REDICULAS FOR MODI BAKTHS TO REJOICE THE DEATH OF POLICE ACADAMY YOUNG MEN IN LARGE QUANY. IS IT THE LESSON RSS TAUGHT TO THEM. WHEN WE WANT OUR ATTACK MUST BE CONDENMED BY ALL STHANIS AND KILLINGS MUST BE CONDEMED BY EVEN ARTISTS. THESE HYPER NATIONALIST AND THEIR LEADERS WANTS TO ENJOY. VERY BAD
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                          Titan
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 4:09 am
                          So now you know how indians feel when chu s say tht 26/11, Pathankot and Uri were false flag operations by india.
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                            Titan
                            Oct 25, 2016 at 12:10 am
                            So now you know how it feels when chu's say that mumbai 26/11, Pathankot and Uri were false flag operations.
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                              Titan
                              Oct 25, 2016 at 3:13 am
                              There's no such thing as Hindustan. Our country is India, a secular state for all. You worry about your stan where even Muslims can't stand each other and are cutting each other's throats based on sectarian and ethnic divide. One cannot expect a stani to know anything about secularism or tolerance.
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                                Titan
                                Oct 25, 2016 at 4:44 am
                                We don't pee in our pants, we pee on stanis.
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                                  abhi
                                  Oct 25, 2016 at 4:55 am
                                  Dude .. go and ask your cowardly army ..93000 thousand of your cowards surrendered,,Remember. Dont push for another repeat of same episode
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                                    malik
                                    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:33 am
                                    Dont worry we will give you quick. Response note thd day of attack in queeta
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                                      akshay
                                      Oct 25, 2016 at 10:35 am
                                      listen porkis, yeah raw did it !!! Ja jo ukhadna hai ukhad le.
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                                        Alab
                                        Oct 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm
                                        As you sow, so you reap. Hope at least now ISI learns the lesson.
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                                          Alab
                                          Oct 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                                          No, like s encouraged Taliban. Hope someday they kill one ISI big shot.
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                                            Ibrahim
                                            Oct 25, 2016 at 3:43 am
                                            Baloch freedom fighter conducted this operation against stan, pls dont call us terrorists we are Baloch freedom fighters, Long live india and long live Balochistan
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