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12 injured in Pakistan's Peshawar firing

12 injured in Pakistan's Peshawar firing

After a two-hour firefight, the security forces said, all the attackers had been killed.

Pakistani Taliban gunmen dressed in all-enveloping burqas have stormed the campus of an agriculture university in northwestern Pakistan, wounding at least five people, police say.

The injured have all been admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital where an emergency has been imposed.

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The attackers were wearing a full-face burqa (veil) and came in a rickshaw, said IG Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Salahuddin Mehsud while speaking to ARY News.

The attack was claimed by the banned terror outfit, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

The area where the attack took place is a hub for educational institutions in the city, including the University of Peshawar. The clearance operation was launched afterwards.

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A huge cache of weapons was also recovered, he said. A journalist and a university security guard are said to be among the injured.

In 2014, at least six Taliban militants had attacked an army-run school in Peshawar that left around 141 people dead. TTP spokesman Mohammad Khorasani said in a message that they had targeted a safe house of the military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

Police and army commandos have cordoned off the site in view of maintaining the security at the high level.

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After registering the FIR, the CTD police have started investigating the attack and sent DNA samples from the bodies of the terrorists killed during the clean-up operation for identification.

Security was also tight after weeks-long anti-blasphemy protests in Islamabad that saw seven killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with police.

Army said that the attack was planned and handled from Afghanistan where TTP militants are hiding. Separately, the CTD carried out a raid in Peshawar's Nasirbagh area and arrested two alleged terrorists.

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