Radicals suited in suicide vests attacked on Pakistani police training academy in Quetta during the night, taking life of at least 59 inhabitants, mostly recruits and police cadets, and creating a brutal gun battle with armed forces that preceded till dawn on Tuesday.
The attack caught several of the recruits sleeping in their wings and enforced trainers and cadets to hop off roof and dash for their existence to flee from attackers.
Whereas most of the fatalities were cadets of police and further at the academy, a few of the army men who took action to the attack were in the midst of those died as well, Shahzada Farhat stated, police spokesperson in Quetta, the capital of province of Baluchistan.
By Tuesday morning, a slightly known faction of Pakistani Taliban, recognized as Hakimullah faction, declared a statement taking the responsibility of the attack. But authorities of Pakistan, distrusting the abilities of group in performing such a synchronized and stunning attack, could not verify the declaration. There were in addition unverified reports the IS group was heading for issuing its personal claim on Amaq website of extremists.
The attack started at 11:30 at night on Monday, Sarfraz Bugti Home Minister of Baluchistan said, with the radicals firing and killing a guard at observing tower before running inside the academy, situated on the outer edge of Quetta.
There were dissimilar numbers as to the quantity of attackers. Ahsan Mahboob chief of Provincial police stated 4 gunmen were engaged in the attack whereas a military report later stated there were up to 6 attackers.
Approximately 700 trainees, instructors, cadets and further staff were within the academy when attack happened, Bugti stated, adding up that the gun battle by way of the radicals continued for as a minimum 4 hours.
“They were firing abd running toward our building” a cadet said to Pakistani news channel. “We ran for shelter in the direction of the roof and leaped down.”
Subsequent to attack, forces of Pakistan stiffen the security around academy and hospitals of Quetta where the injured were taken. Video recording showed on native TV stations demonstrated ambulances hurrying out of the main entry of academy as fire brigades effort to extinguish fires set off by means of the blast from suicide vests.