Militant gun attack at a university in north-west Pakistan
A group of at least six militants are said to opened fire at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, in the norther-western Khyder Pakhtunkhwa province in which 30 people are feared dead. Sources said that they opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels. Reports notes that the death toll may go up to 40. Meanwhile the army cleared out some of the students from the hostels and classrooms.
The rescue workers said that the dead included students, guards, policemen and at least one professor. The firing ended after several hours and four militants had been killed. The army said that an attack that comes a little over a year after the Taliban gunmen killed 134 students at a military-run school in nearby Peshawar.
Sources said that around 3000 students were present this morning on campus along with 600 visitors attending a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a popular ethnic Pashtun independence activist after whom the university is named.
Forces were immediately launched by the police and Special Forces. Ground and air operation was conducted at the university.
“Our four suicide attackers carried out the attack on Bacha Khan University today,” said Umar Mansoor, a commander in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) militant group.
At least three students have been killed. Sources said around 70 percent of students had been rescued as well. Speaking to the press, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that those who kill innocent students and civilians have no religion.