Deaths reported in Taliban attack on college in Pakistan

Deaths reported in Taliban attack on college in Pakistan

It was not immediately clear how many people were wounded, with reports varying from at least five to 11 people.

A heavy contingent of police, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and army surrounded the campus before launching the operation.

At least 13 people were injured during the gun battle between the terrorists and security forces, including eight students, three army soldiers, one policeman and one security guard.

"All of them were wearing suicide vests but they were killed before they could blow themselves up", Salahuddin Khan Mehsud, police chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told AFP.

Reportedly, an explosion was also heard amid intense firing.

Agriculture Directorate is located in front of the Agriculture University where gunmen opened fire at and entered the building under the cover of fire.

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

"We have received six dead bodies and 18 injured, two of them are in critical condition", a spokeswoman for the Hayatabad Medical Complex, Ishrat Bibi, told AFP.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 50 students there at the time of attack, police said.

"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".

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed a series of high-profile attacks in the country in recent years, the deadliest being the Peshawar school massacre that left 151 people dead, including 134 children. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by USA -backed military action in 2001.

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