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Quetta Police Academy Attack: 57 Feared Dead, More Than 100 Wounded

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by brahmos_ii, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. brahmos_ii

    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    At least 57 police trainees were killed in an overnight raid by militants on a police academy in southwest Pakistan, authorities said early on Tuesday after a military counter-operation was finished.Balochistan’s top health official, Noor Haq Baloch, said at least 106 people were wounded — mostly police trainees and some paramilitary troops. Hag said many of the trainees died when the gunmen detonated explosive vests.

    But the home minister of the restive Balochistan province, Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, put the death toll at 20. “…this figure isn’t final — we’ll confirm it in the morning,” he told reporters at the site of the attack.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Major General Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, told reporters that the attackers appeared to be in contact with handlers in Afghanistan. He said the attacker belonged to the banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi group, an Islamic militant group affiliated with al Qaeda. Pakistani troops had earlier launched a major operation, which lasted more than four hours, against the militants who stormed the Balochistan Police College, located 20km east of Quetta city centre, around 11:30 pm (1830 GMT). According to a military statement, “five to six” militants were involved in the assault.

    Home minister Bugti tweeted “2 terrorist killed” and “200 plus rescued Alhamdo lillha (by God’s grace)”. A Reuters photographer at the scene said authorities carried out the body of a teenaged-boy who they said was one of the attackers and had been shot dead by security forces. Bugti said the building normally housed around 700 trainees, but “recently there was a batch which graduated so I can’t say how many there are now”. Government spokesperson Anwarul Haq said about 250 trainees were in the centre at the time of the attack.

    The area was plunged into darkness when the operation was launched while security personnel created a cordon and ambulances zoomed in and out, taking the injured to hospitals. Military helicopters, meanwhile, circled overhead. A man who identified himself as a police cadet told reporters: “I saw three men in camouflage whose faces were hidden — carrying Kalashnikovs. They started firing and entered the dormitory but I managed to escape over a wall.” Another trainee told Geo television: “They were rushing toward our building firing shots. So we rushed for safety toward the roof and jumped down in the back to save our lives.” Restive region Baloch separatists demanding greater autonomy of the mineral rich, but desperately poor region have been waging an on-off insurgency for decades, and the province is also riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence. The attack came a day after separatist gunmen for the Baloch Liberation Army on a motorcycle shot dead two coast guards and a civilian and wounded a shopkeeper in a remote southwest coastal town in the same province. In August, a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban killed 73 people, including many of the city’s lawyer community who had gone there to mourn the fatal shooting of a colleague. Balochistan is also a key region for China’s ambitious $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project linking its western province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea via Pakistan. Security problems have mired CPEC in the past with numerous separatist attacks, but China has said it is confident the Pakistani military is in control. The army has repeatedly been accused by international rights groups of abuses in Balochistan.

    websites http://idrw.org/quetta-police-academy-attack-57-feared-dead-more-than-100-wounded/ .
     
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  2. MilSpec

    MilSpec Mod MODERATOR

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    59 from the numbers from NDTV.... quite sad.
     
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  3. Levina

    Levina Guest

    Unfortunate indeed.
    But Pak had been nursing snakes in its bosom for so long. This was coming.
     
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  4. MilSpec

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    Well, they have been nursing them for a while, but it's just overspilling now, so something must be mismanaged.... with the afghan turmoil the entire Darul Uloom Haqqania alumni from akora khattak has exciting career options out in afganistan, with those high value jobs gone, these local jobs are quite bad for ISI's image. Darn Indian Army has made life miserable in the valley and it always has been a summer internship for them in Kashmir. It might be better for ISI to manage some exchange program with the middle-eastern circus as of now...
     
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    Quetta attack: Banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi group responsible, says Pakistan military official

    Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said. Baluchistan’s top health official, Noorul Haq, said at least 116 people were wounded mostly police trainees and some paramilitary troops.

    A security official put the death toll at 51. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

    Major General Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, told reporters Tuesday that the attackers appeared to be in contact with handlers in Afghanistan. He said the attackers belonged to the banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi group, an Islamic militant group affiliated with al-Qaida.

    Neither Lashker-e-Jhangvi nor any other group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Islamic State group and breakaway Taliban faction Jamaat-ul Ahrar have claimed responsibility for past attacks in Baluchistan. Lashker-e-Jhangvi has mainly targeted members of minority Shiite sect of Muslims.

    The attack started when between four and six gunmen opened fire as they rushed the hostel at the police training center in a suburban area of the provincial capital of Quetta. “They were rushing toward our building firing shots so we rushed for safety toward the roof and jumped down in the back to save our lives,” one of the police trainees told Geo television.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/wo...-48-police-trainees-killed-in-attack-3101490/
     
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  6. Levina

    Levina Guest

    Interestingly, while ppl feel sad for the soldiers who lost their lives, no one's sympathising with Pakistani establishments.
    No one's buying their "we are victims of terror".
     
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  7. Levina

    Levina Guest

    Beat this Lashkar-E-Jhangvi is contesting elections in Karachi.



     
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  8. MilSpec

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    Hmm, Interesting, May be ddiversification of business enterprise, taking a page out of the Indian Criminals. If criminals in India can take refuge in politics, why not terrorists in Pakistan.
     
  9. nair

    nair Guest

    Rip dead....

    LeJ is supposed to have active support from pmln.....
     
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  10. Vyom

    Vyom Captain IDF NewBie

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    To be honest, for the leadership of a country and the populace that thinks of such loss of lives as collateral losses, in their ultimate aim of destroying India. I cannot shed a tear or spare a thought.
     
  11. Darth Marr

    Darth Marr Captain FULL MEMBER

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    They had 1 guard for the entire compound of 700 recruits....
     
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  12. Vyom

    Vyom Captain IDF NewBie

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    raheel can do anything to get an extension. what if?? :hmm:
     
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  13. Lion of Rajputana

    Lion of Rajputana Captain FULL MEMBER

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    This is the cost of sponsoring terrorism. At this rate Pakistan is headed towards full scale implosion, we just have to make sure that Balochistan, Sindh, and FATA get to splinter off when everything falls apart.
     
  14. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    :LMAO::LMAO:
     
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    DAESH has taken responsibility of this attack. Hence, proves India is Responsible for this attack. :ph34r:
     
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