Gunmen kill 2 custom officers in southwestern Pakistan

Bajwa said the threat of IS is now from Afghanistan where it is present in at least three border provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, and Khost. Security forces were searching for other gunmen that might have holed up inside the training center.

Haq, the top health official, said numerous trainees were killed when the gunmen detonated explosive vests.

The incident, also confirmed by provincial police chief Ahsan Mahboob, took place late Sunday in Pasni, around 650 kilometers (403 miles) southwest of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan where separatists demanding greater autonomy have been waging an insurgency for years.

Khan said the attackers fled the scene after killing the officer, who was on his way to work in the provincial capital of Peshawar. He said the attackers attempted to enter a hostel housing the trainees, and a gun battle erupted when the hostel guards resisted.

Footage shot by local television showed ambulances rushing out of the main entrance of the training center as fire engines rushed to put out fires set off when the gunmen threw incendiary devices. Authorities said six trainees were wounded by gunshot and another five were injured when jumping off a roof and climbing a wall.

Local television reported that two explosions were also heard, but it was not immediately clear what caused them.

Pakistan has carried out military operations against militants in tribal areas near Afghanistan and in cities across Pakistan, but extremists are still capable of staging regular attacks.

The army's spokesman said its forces had foiled planned attacks by IS on embassies and Islamabad airport, but denied the group was behind an August attack on a hospital that killed 73, as it had claimed.

Akbar Ali, a sub-inspector with the police intelligence wing, was on his way to work and waiting at a bus stop near his home when the killers riding a motorcycle opened fire at him in Charsadda district, almost 30 km from Peshawar, said police officials with knowledge of the matter.

A similar attack on September 18 saw three Pakistani military employees killed in an ambush in Peshawar for which both Islamic State and a Pakistani Taliban faction claimed responsibility.

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