Peshawar: At least three people were killed and 13 others injured as four terrorists attacked the hostel of the University of Agriculture in Peshawar on Friday morning, Dawn News reported.
The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
According to initial reports, hospital sources said 16 injured had been admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital. Three of the wounded succumbed to their injuries, they added.
According to hospital officials, there are seven students, one Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, one police officer, a guard, and a journalist among the wounded.
An emergency has been imposed at the hospital.
Inter-Services Public Relations confirmed that three terrorists were killed in the operation conducted by security forces. However, police officials present at the site of the attack told Dawn News that four terrorists were neutralised.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police said all terrorists have been neutralised after a successful clearance operation by security forces.
The attack began as firing broke out at the directorate early on Friday morning when at least three burqa-clad suspects entered the building.
The hostel of the directorate was officially closed today as the country celebrates Eid Miladun Nabi. Around eight to 10 people were evacuated by security officials.
The attackers, who arrived at the directorate in a rickshaw, shot the guard at the gate and then proceeded to the hostel of the building, where they began firing.
According to the senior superintendent of police, police were informed that the hostel of the directorate was not adequately secured and was among more vulnerable areas in the city. Security in Peshawar had been beefed up for Eid Miladun Nabi.
The process of recovering the injured from the directorate is ongoing. The number of wounded is expected to increase.
The injured soldiers were shifted to Combined Military Hospital for treatment, ISPR said.
The attack comes a week after Additional Inspector General (AIG) Headquarters Ashraf Noor was killed in a suicide blast in the city’s Hayatabad area.
Peshawar has for decades been a victim of militancy due to its status as a front line for the ongoing war against terrorism as well as its proximity to the restless tribal areas and the Pak-Afghan border.