Pakistan: Eleven killed as gunmen attack University hostel in Peshawar

By Aamir Latif

 

KARACHI, Pakistan (AA): At least eleven students were killed and 37 people, including soldiers, injured as five terrorists stormed a university hostel in Peshawar,  the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province

Provincial police chief Salauddin Khattak said heavily-armed terrorists stormed the hostel of Agriculture University Peshawar early Friday morning, opening fire followed by a bomb blast.

Army and police backed by armored personnel carriers soon after rushed to the scene, and launched an operation.

Khattak told reporters that more than a dozen students had been rescued.

Abdullah Khan, an eyewitness, said: “I was inside in my room when heard some gunfire. I came out from hostel and saw two armed young men running towards the residential area.

“I immediately ran back to my room and locked the door. Later, police commandos rescued us from the hostel.”

Khan said around 20 to 25 students were in the hostel at the time of attack.

Footage aired on Geo TV showed an army helicopter hovering over the hostel as militants resisted for nearly one-and-a-half hour. The television channel quoting hospital sources also said that out of the 17 injured, three were critical.

Ambulances were seen shifting the injured, including a journalist to hospitals.

The military in a statement said “all three terrorists” involved in the attack had been killed.

The Pakistani Taliban group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) — claimed responsibility for the attack.

In 2014, more than 1Ȉ people, mostly students, were killed in a gun-and-bomb attack at an army-run school in Peshawar.

*Islamuddin Sajid contributed to this story from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Additional report by The Muslim News

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