Late last Monday night, 61 were killed and 120 were injured in an attack on a police training facility in Quetta, Pakistan. The assault was conducted by three militants who utilized both guns and explosives. Most of those killed were cadets.
Although the Islamic State has claimed responsibility through its news agency, Amaq authorities are not convinced they were directly responsible. Pakistani authorities believe that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a splinter organization of the Taliban that has been carrying out attacks on the Shiite minority in the region, is responsible. Whatever the case, Anwar ul-Haq Kakar, a spokesman for the Baluchistan government, blames Afghanistan for the attacks. “All such attacks have been managed from across the border in Afghanistan,” said Kakar.
The attackers came in the dead of night, catching the academy off guard. Located in southwestern Pakistan near the Iraq and Afghanistan borders, Quetta is the capital city of the Baluchistan province. Quetta has been a volatile city since a similar attack carried out in August killed 72 people. The police academy was also targeted 2006 and 2008. Attacks have been focused on security and education facilities.
The Baluchistan authorities were aware that an attack may have been imminent and that may have been the reason that the attack took place where it did. “Security was already on high alert, and maybe that is why they have targeted the police training center on the outskirts of the city,” said Baluchistan’s chief minister, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri.