US CONDEMNS ATTACK: The US has condemned the terror attack on a police training centre in Quetta in which over 60 cadets have been killed, saying it stands with the people and Government of Pakistan and would continue to work with its partners to combat the threat of terrorism.
118 people were also wounded when some of the cadets tried to escape by jumping out of windows.
In addition, Maj. Gen. Sher Afgan, head of the Pakistani paramilitary force that is primarily responsible for Baluchistan province, said the attackers had received instructions from commanders in neighboring Afghanistan and were most likely from the banned militant group Lashker-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi, which is affiliated with al-Qaida and the Taliban.
The chief of staff of the Pakistani army General Raheel Sharif and other senior officers went to Quetta to attend a military ceremony in honour of the victims.
Once inside the academy grounds, Pakistani media said, the gunmen headed straight to the dorms housing the cadets and trainees and opened fire, shooting indiscriminately.
The attack began at 11:30 p.m. Monday, Bugti said, with three militants shooting and killing a police guard at the watchtower before storming into the academy, located on the city's outskirts.
"All such attacks have been managed from across the border in Afghanistan", he said.
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Sarfraz Bugti, home minister for Balochistan province, said three attackers were killed during the assault in Quetta, which targeted a hostel at the academy where hundreds of police recruits were sleeping.
Earlier in August, the group took credit for an attack on a gathering of lawyers at a hospital in Quetta that left 70 people killed and over 100 injured. Local media footage showed some security vehicles leaving the college.
The fight against terrorists continued for four hours. "We strive hard", Danish said, "but can barely afford two meals a day".
Baluchistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri acknowledged later Tuesday that the government had prior intelligence reports pointing to a planned large-scale attack.
Funerals were held in Quetta on Wednesday, where bereaved relatives were forced to personally collect their family members' bodies from the attack site as emergency services struggled to cope with the toll.
Pakistan has carried out several military operations against militants in its lawless tribal regions near Afghanistan, including a major push that began in mid-2014 in North Waziristan, a militant base.
He also rejected Pakistan's allegations of India's involvement in the attack, saying India does not believe in violence, lest such kind of violence.