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Terror hit: ISIS Quetta attack claims 61 lives; victims were mostly trainees

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It was 11 at night on Monday, when heavily-armed militants wearing suicide vests stormed the police academy in Quetta in Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province. Some cadets were taken hostage during the raid, which lasted almost five hours. Numerous cadets jumped off the rooftops to try to escape. "We started screaming and running around in the barracks", one police cadet who survived told media.

Also speaking to reporters Tuesday, Baluchistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti said the gunmen killed a watchtower guard before slipping over the wall into the compound. One suicide bomber was killed by the security forces before he could detonate himself.

Another hospital official and a security official both confirmed the death toll of 58, making the attack the third deadliest in Pakistan this year.

"We condemn the Quetta attack in the strongest words", said Kirby.

"We came to know from the communication intercepts that there were three militants who were getting instructions from Afghanistan", Afgun said.

The Arabic statement was released by Amaq news agency which normally covers the stories of the terrorist group in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world where they operate.

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Senior Pakistani figures have been attending funerals for 61 people killed when militants stormed into a police college in Quetta in Pakistan.

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The minister said that the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami group affiliated to Pakistani Taliban.

Parrikar clarified that he was not likening any country to any "sur" (demon in Hindu mythology) when asked about the Quetta attack and said there is a saying in India about Bhasmasur.

Islamic State for sure has a presence in Pakistan. Provincial police chief Ahsan Mahboob said there were four gunmen while a statement issued by the military put the number of attackers at up to six.

Neither Lashker-a-Jhangvi nor any other group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

He said that about 700 trainees were at the base when it was attacked.

The siege lasted four hours, The Associated Press reports, with the attackers battling Pakistani troops who responded to the assault. The group, which has been outlawed by the government, has been involved in past attacks on security forces.

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

"I saw three men in camouflage whose faces were hidden carrying Kalashnikovs", one cadet from the academy in the southwestern city of Quetta told reporters. "My friends were shot, but I only received a (small) wound on the head", he added.

Hussain further said that the cadets were caught by surprise and had no guns and were powerless to fight back when the militants struck through the window.

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