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Suicide Attackers Kill at Least 59 Police Cadets in Pakistan

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At least 59 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a police training academy in Pakistan October 24. The attack took place in Quetta, a city in Balochistan province. An estimated 110 more were injured.

Three gunmen stormed the complex at 11:20 pm local time, killing two guards at the entrance before heading to the dormitories where 700 cadets were sleeping.

They were carrying Kalashnikovs and firing blindly and throwing hand grenades,” police cadet Peer Jan Naeem, 23, who survived the attack told media. “No one was there to help us so we fell to the ground and hid beneath our beds.”

Two of the terrorists detonated their suicide vests, causing most of the casualties. The third was shot and killed before he could operate his device.

Police officers, soldiers and military helicopters rushed to the scene. The compound was re-secured after a four-hour gun battle in which elite soldiers from Pakistan’s special services group stormed the academy.

A group calling itself Tehreek e-Taliban Karachi claimed responsibility for the attack a day later. It said the attack was a revenge mission for the deaths of its fighters at the hands of police officers and threatened further attacks.

The police academy in Quetta was attacked by terrorists twice before – in 2006 and 2008. Monday’s attack followed the murder of two customs officials in Surab, south of Quetta, earlier the same day.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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