Taliban gunmen kill at least 25 in Bacha Khan University attack

Taliban stormed Bacha Khan University today and opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: January 20, 2016 6:27 pm
Paksitan attack, Bacha Khan Univeristy, Bacha khan university attack Pakistani volunteers rush an injured person to a local hospital after an attack on a university in Charsadda. (Source: AP)

Heavily-armed Taliban suicide attackers today stormed Bacha Khan University and opened indiscriminate fire on students and teachers, killing at least 25 people and wounding 50 others in Pakistan’s restive northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The gunmen entered the university named after iconic leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan alias Baacha Khan in Charsadda, some 50 kms southwest of Peshawar, and opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, police said.

Blasts and heavy gunfire were heard from inside the campus where a poetic symposium was in progress to mark the death anniversary of Baacha Khan who died on January 20, 1988.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Party leader and provincial lawmaker Shaukat Yousafzai said that 25 people, including a professor, were killed and around 50 others injured in the terrorist attack on the University.

Pakistani troops arrive at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University named after the founder of an anti-Taliban political party in the country's northwest Wednesday, killing several people, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) Pakistani troops arrive at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (Source: AP Photo)

The injured were shifted to hospital. An emergency has been declared in all hospitals in the town. All schools have been closed in the area.

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Today’s attack comes a little over a year after Taliban militants massacred over 150 people, mostly students, in an assault on an army-run school in Peshawar in December, 2014.

Yousafzai said between four to 10 attackers were involved in the attack.

“Such cowardice attack could not shake the resolve of the Government in the fight against terrorism,” he said.

Soon after the attack, a large contingent of security forces rushed to the site and started evacuating students.

In pics: Taliban attacks Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University

Pakistan Army troops also rushed to the University from Peshawar and started operation.

Army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa tweeted that four terrorists were killed during operation launched by security forces to clear the University.

“Snipers killed 2 more terrorists on roof top, total Terrorist killed so far 4. All buildings & roof top taken over by Army…,” he tweeted. “Clearance of university block by block continues by Army troops.”

A Pakistan army helicopter flies over the Bacha Khan University. (Source: AP) A Pakistan army helicopter flies over the Bacha Khan University. (Source: AP)

Earlier, two terrorists who were firing from inside the university block were shot and killed by the army. The terrorists were contained in two blocks within the university and troops, commandos are participating in the operation.

The army said that operation has been completed and all the terrorists were killed by the security forces.

It said clearance operation is underway in the campus. Army helicopters are hovering over the University.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the responsibility for the attack and said it was carried out by four attackers.

A spokesman of the militant group called media houses and said it was revenge for those killed by security forces since Peshawar school attack. The attacks would continue, he warned.

University Chancellor Dr Fazal Rahim said there were over 3,000 students inside the university along with an additional 600 guests who had arrived to attend a poetic symposium to mark the death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

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    Amit
    Jan 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm
    May they all die, fighting among themselves.
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      Sirius
      Jan 20, 2016 at 4:59 pm
      Good sermon for Friday prayers to the uneducated ...
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        khan
        Jan 21, 2016 at 3:38 am
        Looking at comments Indians are taking them lightly, if stan fail to eradicate them.... They surely will be operating in same way in India . Let's support stan in this crucial fight. India doesn't have long capacity,see pathankot which was cleared in four days.
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        1. मनीष
          Jan 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm
          Islam is a deadly disease. The followers of ped0phile m0h@mmed in India have opportunity to leave the cult without getting killed. (You cannot do that in an Islamic country --- its a crime punishable by death). Accept other religion or become atheist. It's good for you and good for the Country/World.
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          1. मनीष
            Jan 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm
            There are two types of Muslims: The Radicals and the Moderates. The radicals will cut your throat for not believing in ped0phile m0h@mmed. The Moderates would like Radicals cut your throat for not agreeing with them.
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              Romik
              Jan 21, 2016 at 2:49 am
              They need to do Shanti Homa in stan. They should call our scholars to help out( as they have killed all remanaining Hindus in stan)
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                AlsoIndian
                Jan 21, 2016 at 6:11 am
                Unstability in stan is certainly not good for India. After a long time the stani authorities have shown interest in curbing the domestic terrorism and they certainly deserve our support. Let's not try to communalize the terror. Pathankot is in our living memories. What is bad for stan today, could turn out to be worst for India tomorrow. Constructive dialogue only can lead to a permanent solution to our problems.
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                  Rajesh
                  Jan 21, 2016 at 6:20 am
                  Ch..tiya, you only created these terrorists. They are from your military and ISI. We know the problem isnt going away until you pigs destroy each other. AS though, s are actually serious about fighting terror.
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