Pakistani Taliban Dressed in Burqas Kill Students at Dormitory

THE NEW YORK TIMES -ISMAIL KHAN

Four or more Taliban militants disguised as women attacked a university dormitory in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding at least 30 others, officials said.

Local news outlets, however, gave a higher death count and reported that 11 people were killed in the early morning attack on a boarding facility at the Agriculture Training Institute, located within the sprawling compound of University of Peshawar.

The militants wore burqas, women’s garments that fully cover the body and head, when they arrived at the gate of the institute in a rickshaw. They shot and wounded a security guard and then moved toward the dormitory, according to Islam Zeb, the deputy commissioner of Peshawar.

Mr. Zeb said two militants took positions on the ground floor and another two took hold one floor above as they carried out the attack. After a two-hour firefight, the security forces said, all the attackers had been killed.

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