Nine killed as Taliban attack Pakistani college

Taliban disguised in burqas attack agriculture college in Pakistan

The attack, which is ongoing, reportedly injured 12 people so far.

Shehzad Akbar, medical director of Hayatabad Medical Complex, said six people died of their wounds and 18 were being treated.

At least two explosions have been heard from inside the campus., one was confirmed by SSP Khan while speaking to The Express Tribune.

The heavily-armed militants, who arrived on an auto rickshaw, attacked the students' hostel of the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on the University Road in the city, the capital of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Five attackers were killed, police officer Muhammad Nadeem said.

The university had remained closed today as the country celebrates Eid Miladun Nabi (pbuh) while a large number of students were present in the hostel building.

Local media reported that police and the army reached the site shortly afterwards and exchanged fire with the attackers.




They shot and wounded a guard before entering the campus, he said.

A security guard and five students are among the dead, the hospital that received the bodies said.

A gunbattle continued between forces and the attackers for over an hour and the Pakistan Army successfully killed all the terrorists. "I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting 'the Taliban have attacked, '" said a student.

An eyewitness said, "We were sleeping when we heard gunshots".

Those injured in the attack include a gatekeeper, journalist of a Channel-24 channel, two students among others.

The attack also bore striking similarities to a 2014 Taliban massacre at the army-run school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mostly schoolchildren.

Violence erupted over the weekend after police and paramilitary forces launched a bungled attempt to clear a sit-in, igniting fresh demonstrations in cities across the country, including in Lahore and Karachi.

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