Twelve killed as gunmen disguised in burqas attack Peshawar college

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PESHAWAR: Armed gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Peshawar on Friday, killing at least twelve people and wounding 35, police and hospital officials said.

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

The Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khorasani claimed responsibility.

The gunmen arrived at the campus in an auto-rickshaw, disguised in the burqas worn by many women in the region, Peshawar police chief Tahir Khan said.

They shot and wounded a guard before entering the campus, he said.

A wounded student, Ahteshan ul-Haq, told Reuters the university hostel usually houses nearly 400 students, but most had gone home for a long holiday weekend and only about 120 students remained.

“We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting ‘the Taliban have attacked’,” he said.

Shehzad Akbar, medical director of Hayatabad Medical Complex, said six people died of their wounds and 18 were being treated.

Another three people died at Khyber Teaching Hospital and 17 wounded were there, director Nekdad Afridi said.— Reuters