Burqa-clad Taliban terrorists attack college in Pakistan, at least five wounded

At least 13 people were injured during the gun battle between the terrorists and security forces, including eight students, three army soldiers, one policeman and one security guard.

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.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has said that security forces reached the site and successfully completed the operation killing all the suspected militants. A journalist and a university security guard are said to be among the injured.

"All three terrorists are dead while we are trying to identify a fourth body", he added, following earlier reports there had been other gunmen.

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

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Unconfirmed reports on social media indicated that people were running away from the scene and locking themselves in shops. But around 90 minutes after responding, police said there was no evidence of any shots, casualties or suspects.

"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI".

Mohammad Khorasani, a spokesman for the militant organisation, said they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

A gunbattle continued between forces and the attackers for over an hour and the Pakistan Army successfully killed all the terrorists. "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. "We took them out with us and admitted them to the hospital", said Ariful Haq, adding that around 120 students live in the hostel but most had gone home due to the long weekend.

An interior ministry official told AFP that cellular networks had been suspended in various cities across the country for security reasons.

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.

  • Sonia Alvarado