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Nine dead as Taliban gunmen storm Pakistan school

Nine dead as Taliban gunmen storm Pakistan school

Due to holiday on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the hostel was officially closed. The attackers injured at least 36 people, the AFP news agency said.

Reportedly, an explosion was also heard amid intense firing.

Local media reported that police and the army reached the site shortly afterwards and exchanged fire with the attackers. A huge cache of arms, including three unexploded suicide vests, 20 hand grenades and Kalashnikovs have been recovered from the possession of terrorists.

Numerous students staying at the complex had returned home for a holiday weekend to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. "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 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group claimed responsibility for the attack. A security guard was shot and gravely wounded in the attack.

Taliban militants stormed a training institute in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar Friday, as the country marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed. After shooting the guard present at the gate, the terrorists went on to the hostel of the building and began firing.




"We also received 18 other people with minor injuries", Muhammad Tariq from Hayatabad Medical Complex told dpa.

As per reports from Khyber Teaching Hospital, three bodies and 17 wounded were brought to the medical facility.

In December 2014, Pakistani Taliban gunmen killed 134 children at Peshawar's Army Public School, one of the single deadliest attacks in the country's history.

The Taliban are fighting to topple the government and install a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Peshawar has been the scene of some of the worst violence during the years of an insurgency by the Pakistani Taliban.


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