Nine dead in Taliban attack on Pakistan school

Nine dead in Taliban attack on Pakistan school

Nine dead in Taliban attack on Pakistan school

The army and local police who were summoned to the scene killed all the attackers, who arrived at the Agricultural Training Institute on Friday by rickshaw, the military's press wing said. The operation is ongoing.

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

"I was sleeping in my room with my other colleagues", said student Zulfiqar Ahmad. He said the operation had been completed and the building was being cleared by security officials.

"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. A journalist and a university security guard are said to be among the injured.

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

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Salahuddin Mehsud, Inspector General of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said timely action by police and the Army helped in reducing the number of deaths.

Around eight to 10 people were reportedly evacuated by the security officials. "The other student was pressing the wound with his hands to stop the blood and I had to put my hand on his mouth so that he can not scream", he said. In 2014, a total of 147 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were massacred in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country's history when terrorists stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar Cantonment and opened indiscriminate fire.

An operation between forces and the suspects, under the supervision of Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Tahir Khan, was launched.

The protests finally ended just days ago under a military-brokered deal.

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