Taliban attacks training school in Pakistan, at least 8 dead

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Taliban militants stormed a training school in northern Pakistan Friday, leaving at least eight people dead and injuring around 40.

The attackers came on a rickshaw wearing burkas to disguise themselves as women, police told CNN. They stormed the Agricultural Training Institute of Peshawar around 10:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET), and all three attackers were killed within an hour.

A faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Mohammad Khorrasani, a spokesman for the faction, which calls itself TTP Central.

The faction is also known as the Fazlullah branch of the TTP, as it is led by Mullah Fazlullah who Pakistani officials claim is settled in Afghanistan and orders attacks on Pakistani soil from there.

Who are the Pakistani Taliban?

TTP claim a long list of violent and deadly assaults on civilians and the military in Pakistan’s mostly ungoverned area along its Afghan border.

The group received the most international publicity for the 2012 attack on 14-year old Malala Yousafazi and the Peshawar school massacre in December 2014 that left 145 dead, including 132 children.

They have long conducted an insurgency against the Pakistani government in order to overthrow the authorities and introduce Sharia law.

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