Deadly attack on police academy in Pakistan's Quetta
Oct.25, Islamabad: At least 60 people have been killed in an attack on a police training centre in the city of Quetta, Pakistani officials said after announcing the end of a military counter-operation.
Some 200 trainees were stationed at the facility when the attack occurred late on Monday, officials said, and some were taken hostage during the attack which lasted five hours. Most of the dead were police cadets.
The home minister of Balochistan province, Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, told reporters at the site of the attack early on Tuesday that five to six gunmen had attacked a dormitory inside the training facility while cadets rested and slept.
More than a hundred people were injured, he said. The death toll could rise as many cadets were seriously injured.
The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, which has been outlawed by the government, has been involved in past attacks on security forces
Al Jazeera's correspondent Kamal Hyder noted that the facility has come under attack in the past, with rockets fired towards it in 2006 and 2008.
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