Sur­vivors: Cadets ran, jumped from win­dows to flee mil­i­tants

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Sur­vivors of an overnight at­tack that killed 61 peo­ple at a Pak­istani po­lice academy de­scribed chaotic scenes of gun­fire and ex­plo­sions, with mil­i­tants shoot­ing any­one they saw and cadets run­ning for their lives and jump­ing from win­dows and rooftops.

A Tal­iban splin­ter group and an af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group made com­pet­ing claims of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the four-hour siege late Mon­day at the Po­lice Train­ing Col­lege on the out­skirts of the south­west­ern city of Quetta.

Most of the dead and the 123 wounded were re­cruits and cadets, said Wasay Khan, a spokesman for the para­mil­i­tary Fron­tier Corps. Of the three mil­i­tants who car­ried out the at­tack, two blew them­selves up with ex­plo­sive vests and the third was killed by army gun­fire, he added.

Many Pak­ista­nis were re­minded of a bloody 2014 at­tack by the Tal­iban on an army-run school.

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