LEAs avert student butchery in KP

By Zeeshan Ghayur
PESHAWAR: Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) effectively averted a butchery at agricultural training institute (ATI) hostels in Peshawar on Friday, as three burqa clad tehreek-e-taliban pakistan (TTP) terrorists after having martyred a security guard hurled grenades inside ATI premises and had gone rampant in their shooting spree martyring 9 innocents including 6 students and two civilians.

TTP, in a statement, claimed responsibility for the cowardly act, wherein the burqa-clad three exterminated goons wearing suicide jackets arrived on scene in an auto rickshaw at around 8:30am and begun with the shooting ordeal.

According to reports, at least 37 wounded were rushed to nearby hayatabad medical complex and khyber teaching hospital, after which emergency was imposed in all hospitals in KP’s capital city.

Khyber pakhtunkhwa (KP) LEAs, including army and police personnel, managed to neutralise the terrorists before they could detonate their suicide jackets and recovered from their dead bodies at least 20 hand grenades, AK-47 assault rifles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

KP inspector general of police (IG) Salahuddin Mehsud said, "Students were evacuated inside armored personnel vehicles (APVs) in at least three to four shifts" grieving "Despite all our efforts we are sad that we could not save all the lives" informing "A policeman got injured along with two army personnel."

He said, "The police responded timely and bravely battled against the insurgent TTP terrorists for securing student lives" appreciating "If all the hostels and houses inside the ATI premises were not timely evacuated, this could have been a major disaster."

Around 250 students were on leave as they observed 12th Rabi-ul-Awal 1439 AH on Friday, nevertheless at least 150 students were present during the terrorist attack, many of whom detailed to press their horrific accounts of what took place.

KP IG Salahuddin said, "A suspect is under interrogation who could turn out to be a facilitator or abettor" exposing "The current terrorist attack is a result of cross border insurgency, from terrorist havens in Afghanistan, and that no terrorist hideout or training center exists anymore in the entire of federally administered tribal areas (FATA) and KP combined" relating "We cannot rule out isolated insurgency linked terrorist incidents due to the crisis across the border."

KP chief minister (CM) Pervez Khattak said, "At the time of incident two security guards were present out of whom one got martyred while the other is injured" adding "We believe that one injured TTP terrorist is under interrogation" praying "I request the government of Afghanistan to tackle the menace of cross border terrorism."

He said, "Among the injured is a patient who requires an immediate liver transplant and that the KP authorities are taking measures to shift the patient to the federal capital in association with the federal government."

Pakistan tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in a tweet said, "Saddened by condemnable terrorist attack in Peshawar this morning. My prayers are to the victims and their families. Commend the rapid response of KP police and army that helped in containing damage and concluding the operation."

PTI chairman Imran later tweeted, "The reformed professional KP police force with its special rapid response unit has made a difference in dealing with acts of terrorism in a timely, holistic and coordinated manner."

President Mamnoon Hussain, in a statement, strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Peshawar and expressed his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families of martyrs.

He said, "These remnants of terrorism will also be eliminated" praying "I pray for the early recovery of the injured" adding "The effective operation of security forces against terrorists is commendable" asserting "The nation's morale is high and all challenges will be faced valiantly."