At least 59 police trainees were killed in an overnight raid by militants on a police academy in southwest Pakistan, authorities said early on Tuesday after a military counter-operation was finished.
Baluchistan’s top health official, Noor Haq Baloch, said many of the trainees died when the gunmen detonated explosive vests.
Below are the live updates:
8am: At least 59 people were killed and 117 critically wounded, reports Reuters quoting government officials
6.30am: 57 police recruits have been killed, as per reports on Pakistan media.
6am: Major General Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, told reporters that the attackers appeared to be in contact with handlers in Afghanistan. He said the attacker belonged to the banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi group, an Islamic militant group affiliated with al-Qaida.
5:51am: Death toll in the attack has increased to 48, reports Reuters quoting an official
5:35am: Security forces have completed their operation but are still engaged in the cleanup process, reports Associated Press
5:30am: Home minister Sarfaraz Bugti said one of the attackers was killed by security forces and two detonated their explosive vests.
5:25am: Noor Haq Baloch, says at least 106 people were wounded.
5:00am: Health official raises death toll to 33 police trainees in attack in southwestern Pakistan, reports Associated Press
4:35am: At least 20 killed in Pakistan police academy attack, say officials: AFP
4:10am: At least one person has been killed in the attack, tells a senior health official to AFP
3:49am: Number of injured in Pakistan police academy attack rises to 84, says official: AFP
3:25am: Pakistan media says Number of wounded climbs to 51, with 3 in critical condition.
Quetta attack: 200 of 600 police cadets rescued. Three terrorists have been killed in the operation, says Pakistan media.— ANI (@ANI_news) October 24, 2016
3:21am: Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, the provincial home minister, tweeted “2 terrorist killed” and “200 plus rescued Alhamdo lillha (by God’s grace)”.
200 plus rescued Alhamdo lillha— Sarfraz Bugti (@PakSarfrazbugti) October 24, 2016
2 terrorist killed— Sarfraz Bugti (@PakSarfrazbugti) October 24, 2016
More than 100 recruits rescued from compound— Sarfraz Bugti (@PakSarfrazbugti) October 24, 2016
3:18am: As the battle to retake the academy continued, police and civil administration officials at the site told AFP they had heard three blasts, one particularly loud.
3:17am: At least 21 people have so far been injured, meanwhile, with the toll feared to rise.
2:49am: Two terrorists killed, 200 recruits freed in attack on Police Training College in Quetta, reports Geo TV.
2:39am: At least 20 people have been injured in the attack, AFP quotes a senior provincial official.
2:25am: More than 100 cadets rescued following an operation carried out by SSG commandos, reports Dawn.
1:50am: Tehreek-e-Insaf’s chairman Imran Khan condemns the attack, calls it ‘cowardly’.
Strongly condemn cowardly terror attack on police training centre in Quetta. May Allah keep hostages safe. Prayers for recovery of injured.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 24, 2016
Specialized hostage rescue teams involved in the rescue effort in #Quetta Police academy siege.— Pakistan Defence (@defencepk) October 24, 2016
1:45am: An emergency has been declared in all government hospitals of the provincial capital, with the injured shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and the Bolan Medical Complex.
1:43am: A military statement put the number of attackers at up to six, and said Army and Frontier Corps troops were conducting a counter-terrorism operation at the site.
Baluchistan is the scene of low intensity insurgency by Baloch separatists groups.
Earlier in the day, unknown gunmen shot and killed two customs officers and wounded a third in the restive Balochistan, while an intelligence officer was gunned down in the country’s northwest, police said.
1:39pm: Army and Frontier Corps troops are conducting a counter-terrorism operation at the site.
1:28am: Extra contingents of security forces deployed at the police training centre and a cordon has been established, reports Dawn
1:24am: 5-6 terrorists attacked police training centre hostel. Army and FC troops arrived on the site. Operation underway, AFP quotes military.
The attack on the Balochistan Police College, located 20 kilometres east of Quetta city centre, began around 11:30 pm (1830 GMT).