Tuesday, October 25, 2016

At Least 62 Killed in Attack on Police Academy in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – At least 62 people were killed, including the attackers, and around 100 others were wounded in an attack on a police training academy in the city of Quetta in western Pakistan, a government spokesperson told EFE.

“Fifty-nine people died in the police center, in addition to the three attackers, and around 100 were injured,” said Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, government spokesperson for Baluchistan province whose capital is Quetta.

The attack occurred Monday night when three attackers entered the police training center and clashed with security forces, said Quetta police spokesperson Gulab Khan.

Khan said the three attackers were wearing suicide vests and two blew themselves up.

A cadet from the center told television channels that he saw three men dressed in camouflage entering the dormitory with Kalashnikovs.

“They began to shoot, but I could escape by climbing over a wall,” he said.

Major General of the Frontiers Corps Sher Afgan told reporters the attackers belonged to the Sunni insurgent group of the sectarian Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and that they were in contact with Afghanistan during the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Balochistan witnesses frequent attacks by secessionist groups, Islamist militias and mafia networks that operate across the country.

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