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Pakistan: IS is committed to attack on police school

Gunmen attacked a police school in Pakistan's troubled Baluchistan region, killing 60 people. More than 120 were injured, a police officer from the provincial capital Quetta announced. The three perpetrators are also dead. According to the military, two of the attackers set off explosive vests and one was shot. The attack occurred on the outskirts of Quetta.

The terrorist militia "Islamic State" claimed responsibility for the attack through the Amaq media office, which is close to the IS. The military had previously announced that the perpetrators had received instructions from Afghanistan and were connected to the Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e Jhangvi.

On Monday evening, the armed attackers raided the police complex and shot at random there. At that time, there were reportedly about 700 cadets in the academy. The media reported violent exchanges of fire and serious explosions on the premises. A number of cadets were therefore taken hostage, and the perpetrators holed up with them in the main building.

The broadcaster Geo TV quoted a cadet, according to which several terrorists broke into the training center around 9:30 p.m. (local time) and opened fire. "Then they stormed into the barracks," said the eyewitness.

Security forces surrounded the area and finally started the action to free the hostages. On Tuesday morning, the provincial interior minister, Sarfaraz Bugti, announced that the area had been completely secured. The police complex was attacked in 2006 and 2008. At that time, missiles were fired into the area.

Baluchistan is also the largest, poorest and most troubled province of Pakistan. There are more extremist groups active there than in other parts of the country. Separatists are fighting, for example, for the secession from Pakistan and for more political and financial autonomy for the province. Some Pakistani Taliban groups and the Afghan Taliban are also based here.