Quetta (AFP): Around half a dozen militants attacked a police training college near Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta late Monday, officials said, injuring at least four as troops arrived at the scene to carry out an operation.
The attack occurred at the Balochistan Police College located 20 kilometres to the south of the city at around 11:30 pm (0630 GMT). Gunfire continued to ring out from the site an hour later.
“5-6 terrorists attacked police training centre hostel. Army and FC troops arrived on the site. Operation underway,” a military statement said.
Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti told reporters “at least four people have been injured” while an emergency has been declared at the city’s hospitals.
He added the college normally houses around 700 cadets but “recently there was a batch which graduated so I can’t say how many there are now”.
No group has yet claimed responsibility but Baloch separatists demanding greater autonomy have been waging an insurgency for years, and the province is also riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence.
It came a day after separatist gunmen for the Baloch Liberation Army on a motorcycle shot dead two coast guards and a civilian and wounded a shopkeeper in a remote southwest coastal town in the same province.
In August, a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban killed 73 people, including many of the city’s lawyer community who had gone there to mourn the fatal shooting of a colleague.