12 killed in Pakistan varsity attack

Pakistani security personnel take position outside an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar

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

On Friday morning, around three gunmen affiliated with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), stormed into a college in Peshawar, killing at least nine people and wounding 35, police and hospital officials said.

The injured have been shifted to nearby Khyber Teaching Hospital.

"These terrorists have no religion as they attacked on a day which is very sacred and the nation was celebrating it", he said.

According to details three terrorists in veil (burqah) came in a rickshaw at the gate of the centre.

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

The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions in the city including the university of Peshawar. The clearance operation was launched afterwards.

Heavy cache of weapons seized from the terrorists. A journalist and a university security guard are said to be among the injured. Security measures were already heightened around the country for Eid Milad-un Nabi, a Muslim holiday commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's birthday.

IG KPK Mehsud had earlier confirmed that at least four persons were injured including two students in the attack. TTP spokesman Mohammad Khorasani said in a message that they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. Within 3 to 5 minutes police vehicles reached the spot and security started an operation against the terrorists.

Soon after the attack began, police and army personnel reached the site and engaged the terrorists, the report said, adding that the exchange of fire between the attackers and police lasted two hours. The rapid response force has also initiated the action.

Rescuers carry a body from the university in Peshawar after the attack.

The gunmen also were killed, the BBC reported.

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