• Lexi Ponder

Taliban attack leaves 9 dead

On Friday, December 1, 2017, at least nine people were killed in a Taliban attack. The attack took place at a training school in northern Pakistan, where three attackers killed nine people and injured around 40 others.

According to local police, the Taliban militants used a rickshaw and dressed in burkas to disguise themselves as women. “The attackers entered the Agricultural Training Institute of Peshawar around 10:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET),” according to CNN. Media reports citing the military say that at least one blast could be heard from inside the campus. Within an hour of the attack, all three attackers were killed.

According to Sallahuddin Mehsud, who is a spokesman for the Pakistan military in Peshawar, “six of the nine killed at the school were students between the ages of 16 and 21.” However, according to the BBC, police said that eight of the nine were students and the other was an office worker. An injured student told Reuters that about 120 of almost 400 college students were there during the attack, since most of them had gone home for a long holiday weekend.

Saleh, another student of the institute, told the Dawn Newspaper, “The terrorists shot at everyone who was roaming around and they were breaking doors down to attack students. Thankfully security personnel reached the hostel before those men came to our room – that is why we are alive.” A reporter at the site said that weapons recovered from the building included suicide vests, three grenades, two bombs, and a pistol.

A faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban or TTP, also called the Pakistan Taliban, has taken responsibility for the attack, according to a spokesman for the faction, Mohammad Khorrasani. According to Pakistan officials, the leader of the faction, Mullah Fazlullah, is the one to order the attacks on Pakistan from Afghanistan.

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