Nine people have been killed and dozens injured after Taliban militants stormed a college in Peshawar as Pakistan marked the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, officials said. The institute hostel was officially closed on Friday due to the celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi.
The area was being surveyed by military helicopters as two explosions were heard from inside the building. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, three terrorists were killed in the ensuing operation.
Getting information about the incident, heavy contingent of police Army and Frontier Corps immediately arrived at the scene and cordoned off the entire area for the operation.More news: Qualcomm Expands Apple Feud With 3 More Patent Suits
"These terrorists have no religion as they attacked on a day which is very sacred and the nation was celebrating it", he said. TTP spokesman Mohammad Khorasani said in a message that they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
Police said at least three militants opened fire at security guards near the gates of the Agriculture Training Institute, injuring one of them before making their way inside and targeting the student accommodation.
Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan has accepted the responsibility of the attack.More news: Tennessee parts ways with AD John Currie amid tumultuous coaching search
"We were sleeping when we heard gunshots".
The Pakistani Taliban later released a video showing the attack, recorded with what appeared to be a body-mounted camera. Another three people died at Khyber Teaching Hospital and 17 wounded were there, director Nekdad Afridi said.
The attack also bore striking similarities to a 2014 Taliban massacre at the army-run school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mostly schoolchildren.More news: Prince George asks Santa for police auto
The group seeks the creation of a state ruled by ultraconservative Islamic law, and is loosely tied to the Afghan Taliban, which is waging an insurgency against authorities in Kabul.