JIHADIST militants stormed a provincial government complex for agricultural research in north-west Pakistan yesterday, killing 12 people, including students, and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials said.
Police and soldiers killed three attackers during a firefight and while clearing the complex in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, they said.
The main Taliban militant group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility, saying that the centre housed a secret intelligence office.
Provincial police chief Salahuddin Mahsud said the attackers had opened fire on the main gate, initially wounding two guards and two students.
Mr Mahsud said three attackers clad in women’s burqas had then reached the gate in a rickshaw and opened fire to clear their way to the building.
He told reporters that six of the dead were students and one was a guard. Six others were being identified.