Poor security, mud wall blamed for Pakistan academy attack

Militants wearing suicide vests stormed the police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing dozens of people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gun battle

By: PTI | Quetta | Updated: October 25, 2016 6:27 pm
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Balochistan government Tuesday came under attack over poor security arrangements at the police training academy where more than 60 young cadets were killed by Islamic State militants in a late-night assault. Senior security officials said the terrorists managed to enter the facility, that has been previously attacked twice, taking advantage of the the inadequate security arrangements. Despite perceived security threats, the boundary wall of the centre was made up of mud and five-feet high, officials said.

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They said security should have been enhanced since the facility was located in one of Quetta’s sensitive areas. On September 6, Inspector General Police Balochistan, Ahsan Mehboob had requested the Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri for construction of a boundary wall for the academy.

Zehri had promised the construction of a wall. The attack, however, took place before the wall could be constructed. Today, he announced a three-day mourning in the province for those who lost their lives in the attack. Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif visited the police training academy where he reviewed the security situation and was briefed on the attack by officials.