IS claims at­tack on Pak­istan cop academy, 59 dead

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Mil­i­tant group Is­lamic State yes­ter­day said its fighters at­tacked a po­lice train­ing col­lege in the south­west­ern Pak­istani city of Quetta, in a raid that of­fi­cials said killed 59 peo­ple and wounded more than 100.

Hun­dreds of trainees were sta­tioned at the fa­cil­ity when masked gun­men stormed the col­lege on the out­skirts of Quetta late on Mon­day. Some cadets were taken hostage dur­ing the raid, which lasted nearly five hours. Most of the dead were cadets.

“Mil­i­tants came di­rectly into our barrack. They just barged in and started fir­ing point blank. We started scream­ing and run­ning around in the barrack,” one po­lice cadet who sur­vived told me­dia.

Other cadets at the col­lege spoke of jump­ing out of win­dows and cow­er­ing un­der beds as masked gun­men hunted them down. Video footage from in­side one of the bar­racks showed black­ened walls and rows of charred beds.

IS’s Amaq news agency pub­lished the claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, say­ing three IS fighters “used ma­chine guns and grenades, then blew up their ex­plo­sive vests in the crowd”.

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