A deadly attack in Pakistan in the late hours of Monday killed atleast 61 and injuring 123 when terrorists wearing suicide vests charged into a police academy in Quetta, Balochistan.
Pakistani forces fought a long-lasting gunbattle with the terrorists that went on till the early hours of Tuesday.
Islamic State (IS) has taken responsibility for the Quetta terror attack. Interestingly another terror outfit by the name Hakimullah group, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has also claimed responsibility for the attack.
However, the Pakistani authorities haven’t yet zeroed in on who was behind the Quetta terror attack while indicating that the Hakimullah group didn’t have the logistics to carry out such a well coordinated assault.
Police trainees and some paramilitary troops were the targets of the terrorists in the Quetta police academy. The number of casualties in the four-hour siege is expected to grow with some of the wounded in critical condition.
Many of the police recruits were fast asleep in their dorms when the terrorists stormed into their areas. Some of the cadets and trainers reportedly jumped off rooftops to run for their lives and escape to safety.
Pakistani security forces said that three suicide bombers were involved in the Quetta terror attack. All the three were dead with two of them blowing themselves up while the other was gunned down.
Pakistan tried to link the terror attack to Afghanistan with Maj. Gen. Sher Afgan, head of the Pakistani paramilitary force, claiming that the terrorists had received instructions from commanders in the neighbouring country.
Maj. Gen. Sher Afgan said that the terrorists were most probably from the Lashker-e-Jhangvi, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
The police academy by the name Balochistan Police College targeted in the Quetta terror attack is home to around 700 cadets, trainees, instructors and other staff. It is located in the outskirts of Quetta, 20 kilometers east of the city centre.