Heavily armed gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 61 people and injuring at least 117, said Baluchistan Interior Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti Tuesday, in the deadliest attack on a security installation in the country’s history.
Three gunmen burst in the sprawling Academy, targeting neighborhoods sleep is home to about 700 recruits, and sent terrified young men aged between 15 and 25 fleeing.
The IG said the border guards (FC) Maj. Gen. Sher Afgan showed interception of communications operation was carried out by a faction of al-Alimi to Lashkar (l. C).
Separately, self-styled Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news agency Amaq group.
Most of the deaths were caused when he blew two of the attackers themselves. He shot the third shot by border guards (FC) troops. And injured at least 117 people.
“I saw three men carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles were in camouflage … Their faces were hidden,” he said one student told reporters. “They started shooting and entered the dormitory, but I managed to escape by climbing the wall.”
Bugti, confirmed to reporters that there were three attackers.
“For the first time targeted the hour guard tower, and after an exchange of fire, killing him and were able to enter the academy grounds,” he said.
“We have taken one of the bodies of suicide bombers” in custody, “said Bugti.
The attack on the police academy Baluchistan, about 20 kilometers east of Quetta, began about 23:10 am Monday, with the fire continuing to ring are at the site for several hours.
Maj. Gen. Sher Afghan, head of the paramilitary forces Club in Balochistan, resulting in anti operation “was the attack in more than about three hours after we arrived.”
“The operation carried out because the necessary precision so of us to clear the area took four hours altogether.”
“There were three terrorists, all of whom were wearing explosive belts,” he said. “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up, which resulted in casualties, while the third shot by our forces.”
He added that the gunmen may communicate with their handlers in Afghanistan.
He said the Afghans showed the interception of communications of the attackers belong to a faction of al-Alimi LJ, who belongs with Pakistan move-i-Taliban (TTP). The same group, however, did not call for the attack.
And it entered the area in the dark when it launched the counter-attack, and security agents threw gasket while ambulances were zooming in and out, move the injured to hospitals. And military helicopters flew overhead.
Students were rescued from the college after the operation carried out by the Special Services Group (SSG) commandos.
Training College is located on Sariab road, which is considered one of the most sensitive areas in Quetta. The militants are targeting security forces in the region for almost a decade.
Train to attack the College in the past have come in 2008 and 2006, with the attackers firing rockets at the college playground. An area of about an acre of land located about 13 kilometers outside the main city of Quetta.
Darkness Hindered Operation
The attackers entered the compound through the front gate after shooting the guards manning the checkpoint.
He said an official at the agency, senior law enforcement officials may attackers opened fire on a police training center from five different points.
Two terrorists entered the building after they opened fire on the guards manning a checkpoint near the front gate, while it was reported that one-third of climbing the back wall of the police station.
“Two of the attackers entered the front gate,” a senior official in the police operations Muhammad Iqbal had said earlier.
Iqbal said a suicide vest attackers did not dawn and his body dumped in the headquarters of the center.
He said initial investigations showed that the terrorists entered the hotel.
SSP said that there was a special friend of the difficulty of the enemy as it was dark at the time.
‘The attackers were wearing shawls’
An eyewitness speaking to reporters after the escape of three terrorists saw direct intervention in the barracks. “They started shooting. We saw them and started screaming. We ran upstairs towards the exit.”
He described the terrorists are covered in shawls.
The barracks are located blocks down deep inside the complex, making it difficult to hear any gunshots from the building.
“Tried to break down your door.”
He said Asif Hussain, a recruit at the Academy DawnNews was lying in bed and surf Facebook on his mobile phone when the attack began.
“We’ve been told that if anything like this happens ever, we have to hide ourselves under charpoys we have, and do not show ourselves.
He said that when the shooting started, each one of us put under our charpoys, turned off the lights and close the door.
“We heard a loud explosion in the basement. These people break down the door and began shooting them one by one.
“They tried to break our door, but they could not and then they started shooting out our windows, and can not get in.”
“Only two children were injured in our room,” he said.
Security strengthen up at the hospital
Students injured were brought to the Civil Hospital. They were transferred in critical condition to the company money Quetta Management House.
Extraordinary security arrangements inside and outside the civil hospital have been taken to prevent any untoward incident, especially in the wake of the attack on August 8 when a suicide bomber targeted the hospital striker.
And it declared a state of emergency in all of the provincial capital, government hospitals, with the transfer of the injured to the Civil Hospital Quetta and Bolan Medical Complex.
Injured rushed to hospital after attack
Forces rush to site of attack
Police Training College cordoned off
In August suicide bombing in Quetta hospital, claimed by the militant group Islamic State and the Liberal Jamaatul killed 73 people, including many of the city’s community lawyer who had gone there to offer condolences on the death of a colleague accident.
Baluchistan is a key area for $ 46 billion China-Pakistan infrastructure project of China’s ambitious Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects the western province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea via Pakistan.
The soaked CPEC security problems in the past with many of the attacks, but China said it was confident the Pakistani army in control.