- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for an attack in Pakistan that saw masked gunmen raid a police training college a day earlier, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 100, the majority of them law enforcement cadets in the South Asian nation.

The so-called Amaq news agency of the Syria- and Iraq-based terror group said in a statement that three of its Pakistan-based fighters had “used machine guns and grenades, then blew up their explosive vests in the crowd” at the training college.

Reuters, which quoted the statement in an article Tuesday, also reported that several cadets were taken hostage during the raid, which lasted nearly five hours in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.

U.S. officials have warned of a growing Islamic State foothold among other extremist groups in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan during recent months. The terror group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is seen by some analysts to be filling a vacuum left by the attacks that have targeted al Qaeda for years in both nations.

The Obama administration condemned Monday’s attack, and said the United States would support the Pakistani government’s ongoing campaign to combat terrorism in the mainly Muslim nation of 190 million people.

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