Burqa-clad militants kill nine in Pakistan


At least 12 people have been reportedly injured in a firing incident in Peshawar's Agriculture Directorate located next to a hostel of the Peshawar University on Friday.

As per reports, the attackers who were at least three in number entered the directorate with masked faces after arriving at the site in a rickshaw.

Authorities said the gunmen had been killed and security forces had cleared the area after searching for remaining militants.

The injured have all been admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital where an emergency has been imposed.

Police Chief Salahuddin Mahsud of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said attackers opened fire on the main gate of the campus of an agricultural college, initially wounding two guards and two students. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, three terrorists were killed in the ensuing operation.

The varsity is closed today on account of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi.

Pakistan's Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

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Among the inured are: there are seven students, 2 Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, one police officer, a guard, and a journalist.

"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI". The attackers were initially reported between three and four in numbers and all were killed, said the military spokesperson.

Security has improved in Pakistan over the past few years but a spate of attacks in recent days, and a threat by hardline militants to unleash a new campaign against the government, has raised fears of bloodshed.

The ISPR said two wounded soldiers were taken to the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar for treatment.

The Pakistani Taliban later released a video showing the attack, recorded with what appeared to be a body-mounted camera.

The worst attack against an educational institution occurred in December 2014 when insurgents attacked a school in Peshawar, leaving 151 people dead, mostly children.