At least 60 people, most of them fresh police recruits, were killed and 100 were injured in a terrorist attack on the Police Training College in Quetta on October 24 night. More than 200 police recruits were taken hostage by the attackers. All the three attackers were killed.
The attack, which occurred at the Police Training College in Quetta, led to an operation by Pakistani military and Frontier Corps forces to clear the premises which houses at least 600 police cadets. Helicopters and drones were also used for surveillance.
During a press conference, Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Sher Afgan, the terrorists were communicating with their handlers in Afghanistan.
“There were three terrorists and all of them were wearing suicide vests,” he added.
“Two suicide attackers blew themselves up, which resulted in casualties, while the third one was shot dead by our troops.”
The operation took four hours to complete with some Pakistani military personnel receiving critical wounds.
The cadets were rescued from the college following an operation carried out by Special Services Group (SSG) commandos.
According to Major General Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Balochistan, the militants belonged to the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group — which is affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban.
Sarfraz Bugti informed that the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami militants who were continuously getting instructions from Afghanistan.
Reports said the attackers, including a 12-year-old boy, were Afghan Uzbeks and were wearing suicide jackets.
Militants have conducted several attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.
In August, a suicide bombing at the Civil hospital in Quetta killed 73 people, most of them lawyers.