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Nine Martyred, 35 Injured in Attack on Agriculture Directorate

Peshawar (December 01, 2017): Nine people were martyred and around 35 injured after terrorists attacked the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road, Peshawar early Friday morning.

The security forces later managed to kill all the terrorists after a gunfight which lasted over an hour.

SSP Operations Sajjad Khan told that five attackers wearing suicide jackets reached the compound in a rickshaw.

They were said to be wearing burqas in the rickshaw so as to avoid detection.The police official said the attackers’ first target was the security guard of the premises, following which they made their way inside towards the students’ hostel of the Agriculture Training Institute.

“They could have wreaked havoc but the police and army successfully neutralised the threat,” he said further.

The police and army immediately reached the site and launched an operation to clear the area and neutralise the terrorists.

Aerial surveillance of the operation was carried out by the army aviation division whereas armoured vehicles of security forces were also on site.Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Tahir Khan and SSP Operations Sajjad Khan were leading the operation.

Intermittent gunfire and blasts could be heard from inside the premises throughout the operation.

Later, during the combing operation, authorities recovered suicide jackets, two Klashnikovs, pistols, and explosives from the possession of deceased terrorists.

The explosives and suicide jackets were disposed of later in a controlled explosion by the bomb disposal unit.

Last Friday, senior police official Mohammad Ashraf Noor was martyred in a suicide attack in the Hayatabad area of the city.

Additional IG Headquarters Ashraf Noor was en route to work when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into his vehicle near Tatara Park.

On December 16, 2014, 147 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were massacred in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country’s history when terrorists stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar Cantonment and opened indiscriminate fire.

Later, on January 20, 2016, 21 students and staff members of Bacha Khan University in Charsadda were martyred after terrorists stormed the university and opened fire.

According to the Global Terrorism Database maintained by researchers at the University of Maryland, there were 867 attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan from 2007 to 2015, resulting in 392 deaths and 724 injuries.

According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, at least 838 schools in Pakistan were attacked between 2009 and 2012, killing at least 30 students and injuring 97 others.

The data available indicate that attacks since 2012 have claimed hundreds of lives.