Quetta terror strike: Islamic State claims attack on Pakistan police academy

Karachi: Militant group Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on a police academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta, in which masked gunmen killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 100.

The attack was carried out by "Islamic State fighters", the group's Amaq news agency said.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

In August, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a gathering of mourners at a hospital in Quetta that killed 70 people. But that attack was also claimed by Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar.

The death toll in the Quetta attack has now gone up to 60.

The attack on the Police Training College on Saryab Road in the Balochistan province capital began at around 11:10 pm on Monday night, triggering an operation by Pakistani security forces who rescued hundreds of cadets from the academy.

"More than 60 police cadets were killed in the attack while about 115 were injured," a security source said.

Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province, tweeted that 118 people were injured.

Bugti had earlier told reporters that the attack had been carried out by three terrorists, cycling back on an earlier estimate by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of "five to six terrorists".

with inputs from AFP and PTI

Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 14:39 PM

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