- Title: Forty eight dead, over 100 wounded in Pakistan police academy attack
- Date: 25th October 2016
- Summary: QUETTA, PAKISTAN (OCTOBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MILITARY VEHICLES ENTERING TRAINING CENTRE RANGERS CHECKING MILITARY VEHICLES AS THEY ENTER CENTRE VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES LEAVING CENTRE QUETTA, PAKISTAN (OCTOBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) BALUCHISTAN PROVINCE HOME MINISTER, SARFARAZ BUGTI, SAYING: "One terrorist was killed by our boys, and two detonated themselves. Around 60 plus are injured. We cannot give you accurate figures now because there are fears that the numbers could increase. So far around 65 people are injured. And the number of martyrs is above 20. This is also not an accurate figure. We will confirm it later in the morning." AMBULANCES PARKED OUTSIDE POLICE CENTRE (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) INSPECTOR GENERAL FRONTIER CONSTABULARY (IGFC) MAJOR-GENERAL SHER AFGUN, SAYING: "We came to know that the recruits were being held hostage here, but at that time we did not know how many were inside. Later when we picked up their communication, we came to know that there were three terrorists inside and all three were suicide bombers. And they were talking to, and were getting operating instructions from Afghanistan." AMBULANCE ARRIVING IN HOSPITAL POLICEMEN AND RELATIVE WHEELING WOUNDED MAN INTO HOSPITAL WOUNDED POLICEMAN BEING LED INTO HOSPITAL POLICEMEN OUTSIDE HOSPITAL WOUNDED MAN BEING WHEELED INTO HOSPITAL WOUNDED MEN BEING TAKEN THROUGH HOSPITAL CORRIDOR WOUNDED MAN BEING TAKEN OUT OF AMBULANCE AND PUT ONTO STRETCHER
- Embargoed: 9th November 2016 00:22
- Keywords: Pakistan Quetta police academy gunmen militants
- Location: QUETTA, PAKISTAN
- City: QUETTA, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00155I4KSN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Gunmen stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday (October 24) night, killing at least 48 and wounding more than a hundred, officials said.
Some 200 trainees are stationed at the facility and were sleeping when five to six gunmen attacked, officials said, taking some cadets hostage.
"One terrorist was killed by our boys, and two detonated themselves. Around 60 plus are injured. We cannot give you accurate figures now because there are fears that the numbers could increase. So far around 65 people are injured. And the number of martyrs is above 20. This is also not an accurate figure. We will confirm it later in the morning," Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Baluchistan province home minister told media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Inspector General Frontier Constabulary (IGFC)Major-General Sher Afgun said the attackers were getting instructions from Afghanistan.
Police, military and paramilitary personnel arrived at the training centre within twenty minutes of the attack and launched an operation which lasted around five hours, the home ministry said.
Monday night's assault was the deadliest in Pakistan since a suicide bomber killed 70 people in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta this August.
Monday night's attack also appeared well coordinated, with senior law enforcement agencies saying that assailants had fired at the police training centre from five different points.
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