IS claims deadly police center attack in SW Pakistan

Posted October 29, 2016

Cadets at a police training academy in Pakistan awoke to the horror of suicide bomb-wielding terrorists in an attack late Monday that killed 61 and injured 117.

It was also claimed by the Islamic State group, which released photographs of the attackers-one of whom bore a strong resemblance to a fighter who was killed by security forces in the attack. 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.

The Amaq news agency also posted on its website a picture of the men carrying Kalashnikovs and wearing suicide jackets, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday claimed responsibility of a deadly attack at the Police Training Academy in Pakistan's Quetta city, local media reported, according to IANS.

IG Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Sher Afgan said the three terrorists were believed to be from the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group affiliated to Pakistani Taliban. As the country works through its tragedy, many are paying homage to the victims of the Quetta police academy attack. Eyewitnesses said the attackers were armed with klashnikovs.

The attack at New Saryab Police Training College, which houses 700 cadets and training staff members, began at 11.30pm on Monday and continued for nearly five hours.

The worldwide community strongly condemned the terrorist attack on recruits and security personnel in Quetta Monday night. They said the number of deaths could increase.

In a daily press briefing in Washington, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said terrorism is a common threat to everybody and it requires common and comprehensive collaborative solutions. Local Geo News TV broadcast footage from a September parade of the cadets during which provincial police chief Ahsan Mahboob asked for funds to build a concrete wall around academy.

CHINA EXPRESSES SHOCK: China on Tuesday expressed shock over the terror attack on a police training centre in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province and said it will continue to back Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and safeguarding national stability.

Local TV footage broadcast from the academy, located on Quetta's outskirts, showed a wide dark crater, blackened walls, shattered glass and window frames scorched from flames.

"This war isn't over", said Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other top officials attended funeral prayers. Media reports suggest that over 50 were wounded in the attacks.