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Gunmen attack Peshawar's University of Agriculture

02 December 2017

A security guard was shot and gravely wounded in the attack.

The army and local police who were summoned to the scene killed all the attackers, who arrived at the Agricultural Training Institute on Friday by rickshaw, the military's press wing said.

IG KPK Mehsud had earlier confirmed that at least four persons were injured including two students in the attack.

A report in Dawn said three burqa-clad men entered the directorate and started firing.

Pakistani volunteers move an injured student from the Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar

Reportedly, an explosion was also heard amid intense firing.

The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions in the city including the University of Peshawar.

Shehzad Akbar, medical director of Hayatabad Medical Complex, said six people died of their wounds and 18 were being treated. The institute hostel was officially closed on Friday due to the celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi.

The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 100 people there at the time of attack, police said.

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It was not immediately clear how many people were wounded, with reports varying from at least five to 11 people.

He said three terrorists were killed by security forces after a gunfight which lasted an hour.

During the onslaught on the training centre, a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Muhammad Khurasani, claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to AFP.

The injured include a police sub-inspector and a constable.

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An interior ministry official told AFP that cellular networks had been suspended in various cities across the country for security reasons.

Pakistan's Geo News reported that Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Sohail Khan is leading the operation.

In December 2014, Pakistani Taliban gunmen killed 134 children at Peshawar's Army Public School, one of the single deadliest attacks in the country's history.

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Gunmen attack Peshawar's University of Agriculture