Deaths reported in Taliban attack on college in Pakistan

The attack targeted an agricultural training institute in Peshawar

Hospital authorities said nine persons mostly students were killed in the attack.

The police contingent has reached the site and cordoned off the route leading to the university.

The attack, which is ongoing, reportedly injured 12 people so far. He said that he is monitoring the operation and that they are trying hard to safe lives of maximum students.

At least two explosions have been heard from inside the campus., one was confirmed by SSP Khan while speaking to The Express Tribune.

Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Agriculture Training Institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar about two hours into the attack, the military's press wing said.

The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions in the city including the University of Peshawar.

Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan has accepted the responsibility of the attack.

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An eyewitness said he and his colleagues were sleeping when the firing started Geo News reported.

"We also received 18 other people with minor injuries", Muhammad Tariq from Hayatabad Medical Complex told dpa.

The Pakistani Taliban later released a video showing the attack, recorded with what appeared to be a body-mounted camera.

The compound includes a hostel facility for diploma students and there were around 100 people there at the time of attack, police said.

Salahuddin Mehsud, Inspector General of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said timely action by police and the Army helped in reducing the number of deaths.

In a similar attack, Pakistani Taliban gunmen, in December 2014, had killed 134 children at Peshawar's Army Public School. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by US -backed military action in 2001.

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