Gunmen attack police academy in Pakistani city of Quetta

By REUTERS
October 25, 2016 00:22
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QUETTA, Pakistan - Gunmen stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday night, wounding up to a dozen recruits, officials said. Reports from police sources of hostages could not be immediately confirmed. Some 200 trainees are stationed at the facility, officials said.

"Around five terrorists entered police training center and they have taken police recruits (at) gunpoint," a senior security official in Quetta said, on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault.

Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, confirmed early on Tuesday that at least five or six gunmen had attacked a hostel where police recruits were staying.

The attack appeared well coordinated, with senior law enforcement agencies saying that assailants had fired at the police training center from five different points.

Later, the attackers entered the center's hostel where around 200 to 250 police recruits were resting and sleeping, the security officials said.

By about 1 a.m. Pakistan time, at least three explosions had been reported at the scene by local media, but there was no immediate word of any additional casualties. Gunfire could still be heard, media said.

The Police Training Center covers about an acre of land located about 13 kilometers outside the main city of Quetta.

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