Pakistani army: Quetta police academy attacked, hostages taken


QUETTA: a group of unknown gunmen stormed a police academy college in Quetta late Monday night, holding security personnel hostage, SAMAA reported.

After the terrorists began the assault on the Quetta training center, troops with the Pakistan Army and Frontier Constabulary responded to the scene to assess the situation.

Attackers reportedly entered the hostels of the training centre and opened fire, possibly also taking some police personnel hostage.

A spokesperson for the Balochistan government told Geo News that there was prior intelligence of the attack and security was put on high alert.

The Police Training Centre covers about an acre of land located about 13 kilometres outside the main city of Quetta.

According to media reports, heavy exchange of fire was continuing from both sides near the training academy on Sariab Road.

Gunfire and explosions could be heard later on, local media reports say.

The hostel where cadets sleep appears to be the center of the attack.

"As of now, I do not have a confirmed figure on cadets present inside the centre", he said. Operation underway, AFP quotes military.

Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch told Waqt News the injured men have been transferred to Civil Hospital and Shaikh Zayed Hospital.

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Provincial health department imposed emergency in all the hospitals across the city and cancelled leaves of doctors.