Armed Militants Kill At Least 20 After Storming Pakistan University

Islamabad, Pakistan : At least 20 people died and more than 60 injured in the terrorist attack in Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, Northwestern Pakistan. “There was heavy fog in the area when armed men entered … and started firing at the security guards, students and teachers” Saeed Wazir, regional police chief said. Till this news reported, 20 people had been killed by the militants, who scaled the walls around the campus. Few students and faculty were also taken hostage.

Wazir also said 70 percent of the students had been rescued. “All students have been evacuated from the hostels, but militants are still hiding in different parts of the university and some students and staff are stuck inside,” he said before the firing had stopped, adding that it was unclear how many gunmen were involved.

Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa, an army spokesperson, said on Twitter that four attackers had been killed and that government troops had resumed control of all buildings and rooftops.

A security official said the death toll could rise to as high as 40 as the army cleared out student hostels and classrooms. Earlier in past Taliban gunmen killed 134 students at a military-run school in nearby Peshawar. As per army reported, firing had ended after several hours and four militants had been killed. A senior security officer at the scene told 90 percent of the campus had been secured and that 51 people were wounded.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer in the English department said “Most of the students and staff were in classes when the firing began,” Khan said. “I have no idea about what’s going on but I heard one security official talking on the phone to someone and said many people had been killed and injured.”