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In another attack on a government establishment in Pakistan, militants hit a Police Training Centre in Quetta late on Monday night leaving at least 44 people dead. Three militants were also killed in the attack while 118 others were injured, making it one of the deadliest strikes in Pakistan this year.
The Balochistan Police College is 20 km away from the province capital. The attack began around 11.10 pm on Monday and was followed by a Pakistani security forces operation to rescue hundreds of cadets stuck inside the academy. Attackers entered the hostels through the front gate and opened fire, possibly taking some personnel hostage.
Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province, claimed the attack was carried out by three terrorists. While two of the militants had blown themselves up, one was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces, he said. The minister claimed security have cleared 95 per cent of the college area. There were around 700 police cadets and recruits in the college hostel when the attack took place.
Here are videos that show the enormity of the attack
Chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps Major General Sher Afgan said the attacker belonged to Lashker-e-Jhangvi group, a banned Islamic militant group affiliated to the al-Qaeda. He said many of the fatalities happened when gunmen detonated explosive vests.