4 injured in terror attack in Peshawar

Pakistan: 3 terrorists open fire at Agricultural Directorate near Peshawar University; journalist, security guard among injured

At least 12 people were injured when unknown gunmen opened fire near a hostel of a university in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday morning, an official said.

Security personnel arrested at least nine suspects during a pre-dawn search operation conducted in the outskirts of the provincial capital on Saturday, as police registered an FIR [First Information Report] and launched an investigation into Friday's terrorist attack on the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). The operation is ongoing. Five people were wounded and were taken to hospital.

Photo At least one soldier was injured in the firefight. "God willing our fighters will fight till the last drop of blood", he said, referring to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency.

The militants wore burqas, women's garments that fully cover the body and head, when they arrived at the gate of the institute in a rickshaw.

One injured student, Ahteshan ul-Haq, said the university hostel normally houses almost 400 students, but at the time of the attack most students were gone for a holiday weekend and only 120 students remained.

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Peshawar police Chief Tahir Khan said the gunmen shot a guard before entering the premises.

According to military's public affairs wing, ISPR, all the four attackers have been killed in the security forces operation.

Wali and another student rushed to his aid, hiding from the gunmen for nearly an hour before they were rescued by security forces. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents.

A journalist of a private local channel and two students were among the injured, said ARY News.

Photo Security officials showed a cache of weapons confiscated from the attackers. The BBC reported the college was believed to be closed for the Eid-e-Milad holiday.

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