9 killed after gunmen storm Pakistan student accommodation

9 killed after gunmen storm Pakistan student accommodation

9 killed after gunmen storm Pakistan student accommodation

One injured student, Ahteshan ul-Haq, said the university hostel normally houses almost 400 students, but at the time of the attack most students were gone for a holiday weekend and only 120 students remained.

The attackers were wearing a full-face burqa (veil) and came in a rickshaw, said IG Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Salahuddin Mehsud while speaking to ARY News.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that all the terrorists have been killed.

Those injured in the attack include a gatekeeper, journalist of a Channel-24 channel, two students among others.

The gunmen also were killed, the BBC reported.

As per reports from Khyber Teaching Hospital, three bodies and 17 wounded were brought to the medical facility.

Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan has accepted the responsibility of the attack.

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"Our mujahids have attacked the building, God willing our fighters will fight till the last drop of blood", he said. "We took shelter inside the bedroom and were begging the injured student not to make any sound as the terrorists might hear it and kill us".

The attackers reportedly exchanged fire with security forces at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute of Peshawar on Friday morning, the chief of police in the northwestern city, Tahir Khan said.

Around eight to 10 people were reportedly evacuated by the security officials.

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.

Violence erupted over the weekend after police and paramilitary forces launched a bungled attempt to clear the sit-in, igniting fresh demonstrations in cities across the country, including in Lahore and Karachi.

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

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