Terrorists attack Bacha Khan University In Charsadda

Terrorists attack Bacha Khan University In Charsadda

Terrorists attack Bacha Khan University In Charsadda

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jan, 2016 | 12:40 pm

Dozens of injured people were taken to hospital in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday (January 20) after a group of militants stormed a university in, killing at least 19 people as the army hunted for any gunmen still holed up on the campus, officials said.

Ambulances arrived outside a hospital in the city of Charsadda, and injured were rushed in for treatment.

Relatives of the victims wailed as they waited for news of their loved ones.

A security official said the death toll could rise to as high as 40 as the army cleared out student hostels and classrooms. A spokesman for the rescue workers, Bilal Ahmad Faizi, said 19 bodies had been recovered including students, guards, policemen and at least one professor.

Firing had ended after several hours and four militants had been killed, the army said, in an attack that comes a little over a year after Taliban gunmen killed 134 students at a military-run school in nearby Peshawar.

A senior security officer at the scene told Reuters 90 percent of the campus had been secured and that 51 people were wounded.

The militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, before entering buildings and opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, police said.

The gunmen attacked as the university prepared to host a poetry recital on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a popular ethnic Pashtun independence activist after whom the university is named.

Vice Chancellor Fazal Rahim told reporters that the university teaches over 3,000 students and was hosting an additional 600 visitors on Wednesday for the recital.

Police inspector Saeed Wazir said 70 percent of the students had been rescued.

Pakistan, which has suffered from years of jihadist militant violence, has killed and arrested hundreds of suspected militants under a major crackdown launched after the massacre of school children in December 2014 in Peshawar.

Source -Reuters

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