Nine dead, 35 injured as terrorists storm Peshawar Agricultural Training Institute

Nine dead, 35 injured as terrorists storm Peshawar Agricultural Training Institute

Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

IG KPK Mehsud had earlier confirmed that at least four persons were injured including two students in the attack.

Following the incident, a heavy contingent of police and Pakistan Army troops reached the site and cordoned off the area, besides sealing all roads leading to the directorate. A huge cache of arms, including three unexploded suicide vests, 20 hand grenades and Kalashnikovs have been recovered from the possession of terrorists.

Officials said the attack began at around 8am as loud expositions were heard and firing broke out at the institute's hostel opposite the Agricultural Directorate when at least three burqa-clad suspects entered the building.

Hospital authorities said nine persons mostly students were killed in the attack.

"These terrorists have no religion as they attacked on a day which is very sacred and the nation was celebrating it", he said.

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The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 100 people there at the time of attack, police said.

"We also received 18 other people with minor injuries", Muhammad Tariq from Hayatabad Medical Complex told dpa.

"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI, God willing our fighters will fight till the last drop of blood", he said, referring to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed a series of high-profile attacks in the country in recent years, the deadliest being the Peshawar school massacre that left 151 people dead, including 134 children.

The Pakistani Taliban are fighting to topple the government and install a strict interpretation of Islamic law. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by US-backed military action in 2001.

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