Terrorists storm police academy college in Quetta; 60 martyred, 122 hurt

October 24, 2016
By: Samaa Web Desk
Published in Pakistan


QUETTA: Terrorists stormed Police Training College in Sariab area of Quetta late Monday night, killing 60 and injuring at least 122 recruits, SAMAA reported. 

“Five to six terrorists barged into the academy from back side and went straight to the hostel,” Balochistan government’ spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar told SAMAA.

“Around 200 to 250 normally stay in the academy’s hostel,” he said, adding that there is no confirmation of any hostages.

An exchange of fire is continuing from both sides at the police training academy on Sariab Road. Three bomb blasts were also reportedly heard in the area.

Police and FC personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area.

According to reports, many police recruits staying in New Hostel of the academy have been taken hostage by the attackers.

Sources say that around 500 new recruits are undergoing training at the facility.

At least two terrorists have been killed by the forces.

Taking note of the terrorist attack, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri directed police and FC to deploy more personnel around the academy to clear the area as early as possible.

The chief minister also called IG Balochistan and asked for details.

Meanwhile, emergency has been declared at all state-run hospitals in Quetta.

PM Sharif condemns attack

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the attack on Police Training Center in Quetta and directed the federal and provincial authorities to bring the perpetrators to task as soon as possible.

In a press statement, the Prime Minister has especially shown concern over the safety and security of under training cadets at the Center and directed that utmost efforts must be made to save precious lives while hunting down the terrorists.

The Prime Minister asked the provincial government and Ministry of Interior to brief him on the evolving situation on continuous basis, said a press release.

While praying for swift recovery of those injured during the attack, he directed for extending best medical treatment to them. – SAMAA

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Story first published: 24th October 2016


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