- Title: Gunmen attack police academy in Pakistani city of Quetta
- Date: 24th October 2016
- Summary: QUETTA, PAKISTAN (OCTOBER 24, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** POLICE VAN PARKED BESIDE SIGN READING (English): "POLICE TRAINING COLLEGE, QUETTA" VARIOUS OF MILITARY VEHICLES /SOLDIERS ARRIVING OUTSIDE POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY SOLDIERS RUNNING TOWARDS TRAINING CENTRE MILITARY TRUCKS ARRIVING AT SITE/ SOLDIERS RUNNING MILITARY AMBULANCE AND MILITARY VEHICLE WITH SOLDIERS ARRIVING (SOUNDBITE) (URDU) UNIDENTIFIED POLICE CADET WHO ESCAPED FROM TRAINING CENTRE SAYING: "I did not see any of my friends getting injured, because I ran up to the roof. (Reporter asking: Is anyone inside there?) "Yes, they are inside." AMBULANCE ARRIVING AT HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF A WOUNDED CADET BEING TAKEN OUT OF AMBULANCE WOUNDED MAN BEING TAKEN OUT OF AMBULANCE WOUNDED MAN BEING TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
- Embargoed: 8th November 2016 21:03
- Keywords: Pakistan attack Quetta police academy
- Location: QUETTA, PAKISTAN
- City: QUETTA, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00155D8XFR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: QUALITY AS INCOMING
Gunmen stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday (October 24), wounding up to a dozen recruits, officials said.
Reports of hostages from police sources could not be immediately confirmed.
Some 200 trainees are stationed at the facility, officials said.
A senior security official in Quetta said around five gunmen entered the police training centre and had taken police recruits at gunpoint.
No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault.
Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Baluchistan province of which Quetta is the capital, confirmed early on Tuesday (October 25) that at least five to six to attackers had attacked a hostel where police recruits were staying.
The attack appeared well coordinated, with senior law enforcement agencies saying that five to six armed assailants were firing at the police training centre from five different points of the centre.
Later, the attackers entered the police recruit centre hostel where around 200 to 250 police recruits were resting and sleeping, the security officials said.
By about 1 a.m. local time (2000GMT), at least three explosions had been reported at the scene by local media, but there was no immediate word of any additional causalities and gunfire was ongoing overnight.
The Police Training Centre lies on an acre of land located about 13 kilometres outside the main city of Quetta.
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