Pakistan’s PM visits the injured in hospital after Quetta attack

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited a civil hospital in the Pakistani city of Quetta to speak to some of those injured in an attack on a police training academy the day before.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 100 wounded late on Monday, according to officials, when masked gunmen stormed the academy on the outskirts of Quetta.

Hundreds of trainees were stationed at the facility at the time. Some cadets were taken hostage during the raid, which lasted nearly five hours. Most of the dead were cadets.

Officials said the attackers targeted the centre’s hostel, where around 200 to 250 police recruits were resting. At least three explosions were reported at the scene by media.

Wounded cadets spoke of scurrying for cover under beds after being woken by the sound of bullets.

Militant group Islamic State on Tuesday said its fighters were behind the assault. But Pakistani officials earlier said another Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was probably behind the raid.

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