‘Burkha-clad’ militants attack college campus


DEADLY: The
aftermath of the
attack at the
Agriculture
Training Institute
in Peshawar
DEADLY: The aftermath of the attack at the Agriculture Training Institute in Peshawar

PAKISTANI Taliban gunmen disguised in burqas stormed the campus of an ag­ricultural college in Pakistan last Friday (1), killing at least nine people and wounding 35, officials said.

Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Agriculture Training Institute in Pesha­war about two hours into the attack, the military’s press wing said.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, saying in a message from spokes­man Mohammad Khorasani that they had targeted a safe house of the mili­tary’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

The gunmen arrived at the campus disguised in burqas, Peshawar police chief Tahir Khan said.

They shot and wounded a guard be­fore entering the campus, he added.

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

“We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting ‘the Taliban have attacked’,” he said.

The Pakistani Taliban later released a video showing the attack, recorded with what appeared to be a body-mounted camera. In it, one of the gunmen raced into a building shouting “Allahu Akbar!” and firing his weapon as he went room to room searching for students.

The militants also issued photographs of the attackers, who they said were from nearby Swat Valley.