Scores injured as armed men open firing at Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar

Scores injured as armed men open firing at Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar

Scores injured as armed men open firing at Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar

At least 13 people were injured during the gun battle between the terrorists and security forces, including eight students, three army soldiers, one policeman and one security guard.

The attackers reportedly exchanged fire with security forces at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute of Peshawar on Friday morning, the chief of police in the northwestern city, Tahir Khan said.

The attack, which is ongoing, reportedly injured 12 people so far.

A report in Dawn said three burqa-clad men entered the directorate and started firing. The area reverberated with heavy gunfire while a huge explosion was also heard.

The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions including the University of Peshawar. "I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting "the Taliban have attacked", he said.

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A comparatively small number of students and others were present in the typically crowded complex at the time of the attack because Friday is a holiday - the day when Muslims celebrate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. Another three people died at Khyber Teaching Hospital and 17 wounded were there, director Nekdad Afridi said.

Talking to media, Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Salahuddin Mehsud confirmed the attack and said that the terrorists will be dealt sternly.

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

In December 2014, TTP 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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