ISLAMABAD/QUETTA, 15 JUNE: At least 23 people, including 14 female students and the deputy commissioner of Quetta, were killed in multiple attacks by militants in the capital of insurgency-hit Balochistan province.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters late today that several parts of the Bolan Medical Complex, taken under siege by terrorists, have now been cleared by security forces.
A large number of patients and doctors were trapped inside the complex when heavily armed militants stormed the hospital.
Four gunmen are still believed to be inside the complex. Nisar confirmed that 35 hostages have been freed by security forces.
Nisar said the total death toll from the attacks in Quetta has now risen to 22, including four terrorists, four Frontier Corps personnel, Quetta Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mansoor Khan and 14 female students of the Sardar Bahadar Khan Women&’s University. The students were killed earlier when an improvised explosive device ripped through a bus inside the university campus. “The bomb exploded just as teachers and students gathered inside the bus around 3 p.m. to proceed for Quetta city from the university,” CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood said.
The injured were shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex, where half an hour later sounds of explosions and gunfire spread panic and chaos among the patients and doctors. Several people were trapped inside the complex for hours as security personnel engaged in a grueling operation against the militants.
Earlier today, militants attacked the Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat with hand grenades, destroying the historical building where the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days. A policeman was killed in the attack.
Officials had confirmed that most of the old memorials inside the building were destroyed, with historic photographs of the founder burnt to the ground in the resulting fire. It was unclear if the attack on the Quaid&’s residency in Ziarat was related to the later attacks in Quetta.