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Pakistan militants kill several at university

Multiple gunmen assaulted the Peshawar Agriculture Training Institute in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 13 individuals and injuring a reported 36. 

Four men donning burkas entered the institute mid-morning and opened fire, resulting in the deaths of six students, three others and themselves.

The local Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police said it responded effectively, with “all terrorists neutralised after a successful operation”.

Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Al Jazeera reported the militants said they were not targeting the institution, but rather a nearby Inter-Services Intelligence safe house.

Friday was also the Pakistani holiday of Eid Milad un-Nabi that marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad, leaving the university to be less populated than it would be normally.

Multiple reports say the university would normally have some 400 students on-scene, but there was only about 150 on Friday.

A military operation to regain control of the agriculture training institute took two hours, with some inhabitants jumping from higher floors to escape.


More details to follow. Image 1 of the scene from the Independent/Getty Images. 

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