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Islamic State militants claim the attack on Police training college in Quetta, Pakistan

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According to Reuters, on Tuesday the militant group of the Islamic State took responsibility of the attack on a police academy in Quetta in the southwest region of Pakistan. The attack on this police training college in Quetta, Pakistan is said to have killed 59 people and wounded over 100.

The authorities of Pakistan had blamed another militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) for the attack but the Islamic State militant group claimed to have been responsible for it by sharing photographs of 3 attackers.
When the attack took place, hundreds of trainees were present at the police training college. The gunmen wearing masks stormed in and took some cadets as hostages during the raid. They just barged in and started firing while the cadets started screaming and running around as they were all shocked with the sudden attack.

The raid lasted for about 5 hours and left 59 people dead, most of which were cadets.

Some survivors of the attack also told that they jumped out of the windows and got under beds to save their lives from the attackers.

Image Source: The Guardian
The Islamic State militants took to their Amaq news agency, where they published the claim of being responsible for the attack. The published story said 3 IS militants used machine guns grenades, further blowing up their explosive vests amidst the crowd at the police training college in Quetta, Pakistan.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, whose home minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed that the gunmen attacked a dormitory where cadets rested and slept. Two of them blew themselves up in the crowd while the third one was shot dead in the head by security men.

After the attack, Prime Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif visited Quetta for a special security meeting.
General Sher Afgun, a senior military commander in Baluchistan, said the attack looked like LeJ militant group was behind it, whose roots are in the heartland of Punjab province.

Islamic State for sure has a presence in Pakistan. Some local groups are working on it, says analysts. Also, Baluchistan has suffered violence before with different fighters launching regular attacks on security forces and the military striking back. Though such attacks are becoming rarer, but the security forces need to be more alert. The forces need to remain alert every time.

 

Article by: Davinder
26Oct, 2016 : 12: 45pm

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