Peshawar: Police investigators in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province probing the Friday attack on Peshawar’s Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) suspect that the planners of the attack apparently tricked the suicide bombers into believing that the facility was an intelligence agency’s office, media reports said on Sunday.
Nine people, including eight students, were killed and 28 others injured when three terrorists stormed the provincial agriculture department-run training institute on Friday morning. All the three terrorists were also killed in a two-hour-long operation.
A senior police official told the Dawn that the planners had deliberately misled the attackers about the target.
“ATI was apparently their actual target but they misled the attackers saying it was an intelligence agency office,” the official claimed.
He said it was apparently done to keep the attackers motivated.
“The attackers asked students whether or not it was an intelligence agency office,” the official said.
The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Its Umar Media Cell released a two-minute-long video of the attack in which one of the assailants apparently tried to confirm whether the building was an intelligence agency’s office.
In response to a student’s plea to spare his life, the attacker was heard saying he would not kill him if he told them whether or not this was an agency office.