Taliban kill 9, injure 37 in Pakistan college attack

Nine people were killed and 37 injured Friday after officials say Taliban gunmen stormed Pakistan’s Peshawar Agriculture Training Institute.

At least 9 people were killed and dozens were injured Friday when terrorists attacked a university in Pakistan. Photo by Arshad Arbab/EPA
At least 9 people were killed and dozens were injured Friday when terrorists attacked a university in Pakistan. Photo by Arshad Arbab/EPA

Three attackers, who were disguised in burkas and wearing masks, were also killed in the attack — that was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban. One suspect is still being identified by authorities.

The Taliban shooters killed a security guard at the gate and entered the hostel of the university as the college was said to be closed for the Eid-a-Milad holiday.

“Who can commit such an attack on this day?” Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said. “This action is against our religion. It proves that those who do such things really are terrorists.”

At least three blasts was heard from campus.

Authorities said suicide jackets, three grenades, two bombs and one pistol were also found inside the building of the Agricultural Directorate.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Salahuddin Mehsud, the inspector general, said after the attack that “There were two hostels in the area. The terrorists were able to attack one hostel, whereas the other one was secured by security forces before they could reach it.”

“There were around 60 people in one hostel and 50-60 in the other,” Mehsud said.

“If the hostels and houses had not been evacuated in a timely manner, the number of casualties could have been in the hundreds.”

By Sara Shayanian