Attack on police academy in Pakistan kills 60 people: Both local extremist group and Daesh claim responsibility
A volunteer and a police officer rush an injured person to a hospital in Quetta. (AFP/File)
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Dozens of people have been killed in an attack on a police training college outside Quetta in north-western Pakistan, a local police official confirmed Tuesday.
"At least 60 people are dead and more than 120 are injured," said Quetta police official, Muhammad Khan.
The injured included police recruits and security personnel.
Balochistan Home Minister Safraz Bugti said Tuesday morning the security operation to clear the attackers from the academy had ended.
The attackers stormed the police training centre Monday night and three attackers who were wearing suicide vests were killed, Khan said.
"Two suicide attackers blew themselves up, which resulted in casualties, while the third one was shot dead by our troops," local military official Major General Sher Afgan said, in comments published by the Dawn newspaper.
Afgan said that a Pakistani Sunni group - Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Almi - were behind the attack. However Daesh also claimed responsibility for the hit, via the group's news agency Amaq.
The attackers took 250 people hostage who were later freed once the facility was cleared, he added.
The facility, where more than 700 cadets are in training, has come under attack twice in the past, in 2006 and 2008.
Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan. Baloch nationalists have been fighting government forces for well over a decade for greater control over local mineral resources. Some of the hardliners among them demand the province's separation from Pakistan.
In August, a suicide bomber killed more than 70 people - most of whom were lawyers who had gathered to mourn the death of a colleague - at a hospital in Quetta.
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