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Peshawar attack: Nine suspects arrested during pre-dawn search operations

Terror attack, claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban, killed at least 11 people in Pakistan on Friday

ANI  |  Peshawar 

Peshawar attack, Directorate of Agriculture Extension, Pakistan, ATI, University Road
Officials recovering weapons after a massive search operation was launched in Pakistan. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@ShirazHassan)

The law enforcement agencies of have arrested at least nine suspects in connection with the that killed 11 people at a hostel inside the on in on Friday.

The Dawn quoted police sources as saying that the police has begun investigating Friday's attack on the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and a first investigation report (FIR) was registered against unknown persons.

The suspects were arrested during a pre-dawn search operation carried out on the outskirts of

A team comprising a large number of police and other security forces conducted raids in Badhber, Telaband and other areas outside the provincial capital.

Reportedly, different kinds of weapons were recovered from the suspects.

On Friday, all the terrorists were neutralised by the security forces after launching an operation.

The has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to reports, a police official said that the attackers' first target was the security guard of the premises, following which they made their way inside towards the students' hostel.

"They could have wreaked havoc but the police and army successfully neutralised the threat," he added.

University Road, the major artery of the city, was closed down for traffic after the attack.

The injured were shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), located next to the directorate.

Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan condemned the in a tweet.

"Saddened by the condemnable in this morning. My prayers to the victims and their families. Commend the rapid response of KP police and army that helped in containing the damage and concluding the operation," Imran tweeted.

He also lauded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police for its timely action against the terrorists

"The reformed professional KP police force with its special rapid response unit has made a difference in dealing with acts of terrorism in a timely, holistic and coordinated manner," he said in a tweet.

First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 15:40 IST