Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Nine killed, 37 injured as terrorists attack Peshawar's Agriculture Directorate hostel

Nine killed, 37 injured as terrorists attack Peshawar's Agriculture Directorate hostel

At least eleven people including two police officers have sustained severe injuries as some unidentified armed men on Friday opened firing at the Agriculture Directorate located in front of Peshawar University.

The injured have been shifted to nearby Khyber Teaching Hospital.

A security guard and five students are among the dead, the hospital that received the bodies said. The area reverberated with heavy gunfire while a huge explosion was also heard.

According to the Pakistan Army's media wing, The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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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.

Local newspaper reports said four of the terrorists have also been gunned down as they fought security forces.

The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions including the University of Peshawar.

"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.

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A wounded student, Ahteshan ul-Haq, told Reuters the university hostel usually houses almost 400 students, but most had gone home for a long holiday weekend and only about 120 students remained.

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In a similar attack, Pakistani Taliban gunmen, in December 2014, had killed 134 children at Peshawar's Army Public School.

The group seeks the creation of a state ruled by ultraconservative Islamic law, and is loosely tied to the Afghan Taliban, which is waging an insurgency against authorities in Kabul.

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