Afghan soil used in Peshawar university attack

Monday, 04 Dec, 2017

Fourteen persons, mostly students, were killed as burqa-clad militants stormed and opened fire at the hostel of the Peshawar Agricultural Training Institute here in Pakistan on Friday, officials said.

A little after 8:00 AM on Friday, terrorists stormed a student hostel at the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road in Peshawar.

After claiming responsibility for the attack, the Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani announced that they had targeted a safe house of the military Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Peshawar and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured people.

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. Sanctuary on the Pakistan side and presence on the Afghan side remain a security challenge for both countries and pose a threat to regional security and stability. Some were shot and wounded while others jumped out of the windows, the witness said.

In response to a student's plea to spare his life, the attacker was heard saying he would not kill him if he told them whether or not this was an agency office.

He said "The terrorists were in contact with their accomplices in Afghanistan and the executors of this attack are still based there".

Police recovered a huge quantity of unspent ammunition and explosives from the scene.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said that although the police were "always alert, this incident happened suddenly", Dawn news reported. The officials said the terrorists could use only around 20 percent of the deadly material they had brought with them.

Officials refuted the militants' claim that the agriculture directorate was housing any intelligence office.

The trapped students were evacuated in armoured vehicles while the injured were shifted by Rescue 1122 and Edhi ambulances to nearby hospitals.