QUETTA: The death toll from yesterday’s terrorist attack at Police Training Center (PTC) in Quetta has risen to 61 as two more injured succumbed to their injuries at a hospital, while over 160 police cadets and personnel of other law enforcement agencies were injured.
Banned militant organization, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalmi attacked Police Training Center, some 13 kilometers off city last night, the Home Minister and IG FC confirmed.
The doctors here at state-run hospitals told APP that two more injured personnel of law enforcement agencies succumbed
to their injuries and death toll had surged to 61.
“Over 160 injured were under treatment at Sandeman Civil Hospital, Bolan Medical Complex and Combined Military Hospital Quetta,” they said.
“Bones of several cadets have been broken up as they received gunshots and splinters in carnage,” said, Prof Dr. Masood Qazi who is head of Orthopedic Ward at Sandeman Civil Hospital and BMC.
Another doctor, Prof Dr. Hamidullah Khan Panezai Kakar told this scribe that doctors carried out medical operations of several injured cadets.
“From last night, we are engaged in medical operations and providing treatment to the injured,” he added.
Earlier, 56 bodies of personnel of police and law enforcement agencies were brought to the hospitals and the management of Bolan Medical Complex Quetta said that three bodies were brought at the hospital.
Over 60 injured were admitted to Sandeman Civil Hospital, 26 at Bolan Medical Complex and remaining were admitted to CMH Quetta.
The Home Minister Balochistan, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti and Inspector General, Frontier Corps Balochistan, Maj-Gen. Sher Afgun said that three suicide terrorists belonging to banned militant organization, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalmi attacked Police Training Center, late Monday night, a compound spread over 12 acres of land and having training capacity for 700 to 800 recruits.
“Earlier, terrorists opened fire at police personnel deployed on watch tower of PTC and entered the center and main hostel where around 200 cadets were sleeping,” they said.
Senior officials said that the Pak Army, Frontier Corps, Police and Balochistan Constabulary rushed to the scene and gun battle took place between the terrorists and the security forces which lasted for three hours.
All three terrorists had worn suicide vests.
“Two of terrorists blown them up in the hostel and one was killed by security forces,” they said.
Commander Southern Command, Lt-Gen. Aamir Riaz, Home Minister, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, IG FC, Maj-Gen. Sher Afgun and IG Police Balochistan, Ahsan Mehboob who reached the scene, they themselves supervised the security operation against terrorists.
“Yes, IG FC, Maj-Gen. Sher Afgun himself led the security operation which lasted for three hours,” a spokesman for FC told APP.
IG FC said that the terrorists were receiving instructions from Afghanistan.
“Suicide terrorists who attacked PTC were receiving instructions from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalmi from Afghanistan,” he said.
Commandos of Pak Army, FC and Police participated in the security operation. The police training center has been cleared and roads passing through the area have been opened for traffic.
Emergency was declared at all state-run hospitals in Quetta.
First, injured were brought to Civil Hospital Quetta and later, most of them were shifted to Combined Military Hospital.
Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri who was also supervising the security operation, presided over a
high level meeting which was attended by high-ups from the government and law enforcement agencies.
Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri strongly condemned act of terrorism at PTC.
“We are in state of war on terror. Terrorists can not defeat us by carrying out act of terror,” the CM Balochistan said,
adding that they would continue their war on terror until the end of last terrorists.
The officials said that search operation had been launched in different localities of the provincial capital to trace out and arrest the suspects. Further probe was underway.