QUETTA: Terrorists attacked Police Training College in Sariab area of Quetta late Monday night, killing 62 and injuring at least 122 recruits.
“Five to six terrorists barged into the academy from back side and went straight to the hostel,” Balochistan government’ spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar said.
“Around 200 to 250 normally stay in the academy’s hostel,” he said, adding that there is no confirmation of any hostages.
An exchange of fire is continuing from both sides at the police training academy on Sariab Road. Three bomb blasts were also reportedly heard in the area.
Police and FC personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area.
According to reports, many police recruits staying in New Hostel of the academy have been taken hostage by the attackers.
Sources say that around 500 new recruits are undergoing training at the facility.
At least two terrorists have been killed by the forces.
Taking note of the terrorist attack, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri directed police and FC to deploy more personnel around the academy to clear the area as early as possible.
The chief minister also called IG Balochistan and asked for details.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expected to reach Quetta within next few hours, where he will attend meeting with Army officials and meet the injured.
Chief of Army Staff – Raheel Shareef reached Quetta this morning and being briefed about this incident, Raheel Shareef will visit the Police Training college.
Meanwhile, emergency has been declared at all state-run hospitals in Quetta.