All militants killed as operation ended successfully in Peshawar Agriculture Directorate: ISPR

Pakistani troops take position outside the agriculture institute stormed by militants in Peshawar Pakistan

A security guard was shot and gravely wounded in the attack.

The heavily-armed militants, who arrived on an auto rickshaw, attacked the students' hostel of the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on the University Road in the city, the capital of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Four people have been injured in the firing.

Senior police official Sajjad Khan said that five attackers were spotted wearing suicide jackets.

A report in Dawn said three burqa-clad men entered the directorate and started firing.

"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI, God willing our fighters will fight till the last drop of blood", he said, referring to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency.

The area was being surveyed by military helicopters as two explosions were heard from inside the building.

Pakistan: 3 terrorists open fire at Agricultural Directorate near Peshawar University; journalist, security guard among injured
Pakistan: 4 injured in terror attack in Peshawar

The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions in the city including the University of Peshawar. The institute was closed for the Eid-e-Milad holiday, but about 70 students were present in the hostel.

It was not immediately clear how many people were wounded, with reports varying from at least five to 11 people.

Talking to media, Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Salahuddin Mehsud confirmed the attack and said that the terrorists will be dealt sternly.

Pakistani volunteers rescue a student after the attack.

"We took shelter inside the bedroom and were begging the injured student not to make any sound as the terrorists might hear it and kill us". A police officer and two army troops were among the injured.

An interior ministry official told AFP that cellular networks had been suspended in various cities across the country for security reasons. In 2014, a total of 147 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were massacred in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country's history when terrorists stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar Cantonment and opened indiscriminate fire.

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