The situation is still developing, but we know that at least fifty people are dead and over one hundred are wounded in one of the worst Islamic terror attacks in recent memory. The attack occurred at a police training facility in Quetta, Pakistan. The facility was home to over 700 aspiring police officers.
According to a report from The Guardian:
At least 59 people have died and more than 110 were injured after a team of heavily armed suicide attackers stormed a police training academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 25, 2016
The government said three gunmen attacked the Balochistan police college on the outskirts of the capital of Balochistan province at about 11.20pm local time on Monday, killing two guards on the front gate and then making straight for the hostel where 700 cadets were sleeping.
Peer Jan Naeem, 23, said he and his fellow cadets were “left at the mercy of Allah”.
“They were carrying Kalashnikovs and firing blindly and throwing hand grenades,” he said. “No one was there to help us so we fell to the ground and hid beneath our beds.” One of the militants shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) before detonating his suicide vest, he said.
After exhausting their supply of ammunition and hand grenades, the attackers detonated suicide vests, which caused most of the casualties in the densely populated room.
Pakistani special forces managed to completely secure the area some four hours after the attack began.
The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) took responsibility for the attack on various social media accounts shortly after it occurred. The statement was accompanied by a photo appearing to be the three attackers carrying weapons and wearing suicide vests prior to the attack.
While ISIS has targeted Pakistan in the past, this would seem to be the most organized and quickly claimed attack by ISIS thus far.