Militants attack police training centre in Pakistan: 50 dead, 100 injured
Militants attacked a police training college in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday, killing some 51 people, mostly cadets and injuring over 100. The attackers had also reportedly taken police personnel hostage during the attack.
Three militants have also been reportedly killed in police action. An operation to weed out the rest of the attackers was initiated soon after the attack, the Pakistani army said, with soldiers and members of the Frontier Constabulary, a paramilitary force, dispatched to the scene.
The attackers also took police personnel hostage and exchanged fire with the trainees inside and security force outside the centre. There were over 500 trainees in the centre, according to various reports.
According to a police official, the attackers entered the centre through the front gate at 11:30pm, reached the hostel hosting over 200 trainees and opened fire. They were also wearing suicide vests.
“Five or six terrorists entered the training school and (went) straight to the hostel where they took cadets hostage,” the Pakistani army said in a statement. It was unclear how many students were being held.
An emergency was imposed across hospitals in Quetta. According to reports, the injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.