Militants Attack Police Training Centre In Pakistan, 2 Dead


Islamabad:  At least two policemen were killed in the attack, with one succumbing to his wounds in hospital and the second killed at the college premise.

Six terrorists have stormed a police training college in Quetta, prompting an operation by military and Frontier Constabulary to clear the premises which houses at least 200 police cadets. The attackers are currently inside and are engaged in an intermittent exchange of fire with security forces.

At least 20 people have been injured and are being treated at Civil Hospital, of which five sustained bullet wounds. Television channels are reporting that the terrorists have taken several cadets hostage, and an operation is underway to clear the building. Gunfire and explosions can be heard from inside the centre.

The training college is situated on Sariab Road, which is considered to be one of the most sensitive areas of Quetta. Militants have been targeting security forces in the area for almost a decade.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. In Monday night’s attack, between four and six gunmen attempted to enter the hostel of a police training centre in a suburban area of the provincial capital Quetta. Authorities said six trainees were wounded by gunshot and another five were injured when jumping off a roof and climbing a wall.
Baluchistan police chief Ahsan Mahboob told reporters that four gunmen attacked the training centre, attempting to enter a hostel housing the trainees. A gun battle erupted when the hostel guards resisted, he said, leaving six trainees wounded by gunfire.

Mahboob said police and paramilitary forces surrounded the venue. A military statement put the number of attackers at up to six, and said Army and Frontier Corps troops were conducting a counter-terrorism operation at the site.

The attack came hours after gunmen shot and killed two customs officers and wounded a third near the town of Surab, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Quetta.

The customs officers were targeted by gunmen riding on a motorcycle, said Zainullah Baloch, a spokesman for the local police. Baloch said two officers died on the spot and the injured was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Earlier on Monday, two gunmen on a motorcycle killed a police intelligence officer in the country’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Khalid Khan, a local police officer.

Khan said the attackers fled the scene after killing the officer, who had been on his way to work in the provincial capital of Peshawar.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack. The group’s spokesman, Muhammad Khurasani, said in a statement that the shooters returned to their hideout after the attack.

Pakistan has carried out military operations against terrorists in tribal areas near Afghanistan and in cities across Pakistan, but extremists are still capable of staging regular attacks.

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