Gunmen attack Peshawar's University of Agriculture

The injured, including a station house officer (SHO), constable, army soldiers and students, have been shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital and CMH for treatment. Police chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Salahuddin Mehsud said 12 people including six students, a security guard and five civilians, were killed and 32 others injured in the attack.

The area was being surveyed by military helicopters as two explosions were heard from inside the building.

Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Agriculture Training Institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar about two hours into the attack, the military's press wing said.

The KP police said that all terrorists were neutralised after a successful clearance operation by the security forces.

A security guard and five students are among the dead, the hospital that received the bodies said.

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The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions including the University of Peshawar.

Pakistan media Geo news reported that three attackers, with their faces covered, entered the Directorate, located next to the University of Agriculture, and started firing. TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in an email that the fighters attacked "a secret office of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)".

Generally, there are around 400 students at the hostel, but because of the holiday there were only 150 present.

The army contingent had reached the spot soon after the attack was reported and joined the security forces for operation. "We took shelter inside the bedroom and were begging the injured student not to make any sound as the terrorists might hear it and kill us". Peshawar, close to the Afghan border, has seen some of the worst violence during the Taliban insurgency in recent years.

  • Adam Floyd