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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Nine killed in Pakistan Taliban attack on college in Peshawar

Another 35 people were wounded at agriculture institute before army and police killed all of the gunmen

Rescue workers transport an injured person to hospital after gunmen attacked the Directorate of Agriculture Institute in Peshawar, Pakistan on December 1, 2017. Fayaz Aziz / Reuters
Rescue workers transport an injured person to hospital after gunmen attacked the Directorate of Agriculture Institute in Peshawar, Pakistan on December 1, 2017. Fayaz Aziz / Reuters

Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in burquas stormed the campus of an agriculture university in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding 35, police and hospital officials said., police said.

Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute in the north-western city of Peshawar about two hours into the attack, the military's press wing said.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in message from spokesman Mohammad Khorasani that they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

The gunmen arrived at the campus in an auto-rickshaw and disguised in burqas, Peshawar police chief Tahir Khan said.

They shot and wounded a guard before entering the campus, he said, adding that five wounded people had been taken to hospital.

A wounded student, Ahteshan Ul Haq, told Reuters that the university hostel usually houses nearly 400 students, but most of them had gone home for a long holiday weekend and only about 120 students remained.

"We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting 'the Taliban have attacked'," he said.

Shehzad Akbar, medical director of Hayatabad Medical Complex, said six people died of their wounds and 18 were being treated. Another three people died at Khyber Teaching Hospital and 17 wounded were there, director Nekdad Afridi said.

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 Pakistani Taliban are fighting to topple the government and impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by US-backed military action in 2001.