Pakistan attack: 25 killed as Taliban militants storm Bacha Khan University

Taliban militants attacked Pakistan's Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, early today. At least 25 people have been killed and over 50 injured.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2016 5:39 pm
Pakistan attack, Pakistan university attack, Bacha Khan university, Pakistan terror attack, pakistan news, pak gunmen attack, pak school attack, news, world news Pakistan University attack: Pakistani troops and rescue workers gather at the main gate of Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town, 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)

A group of militants stormed a university in volatile northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday using the cover of thick fog, police said, with firing inside the campus still going on and two explosions heard.

Agencies reported that at least 25 are dead and all the attackers have been killed. The Tehreek-e-Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Watch Video: Bacha Khan University attack: Operation ends, four terrorist killed

The militants entered the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, early on Wednesday before opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, two police officials said.

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Highlights: 

3:50 pm: Clearance operation ends with four gunmen dead – Army spokesman.

3:30 pm: 25 killed and 50 others wounded.

2.45 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today condemned the killing of students in terrorist attack at a university in Pakistan.

“Tragic news of so many students shot dead in Bacha Khan University, Pakistan. Prayers,” Banerjee said in her official Twitter handle.

2:15 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the terror attack at the university.

1.20 pm:

1.00 pm:

12.30 pm: The death toll in the attack has risen to eight, news agency Reuters reports, quoting officials.

 

12.15 pm: Reports also coming that there have been at least six explosions inside the University. It cannot be confirmed if the explosions were carried out by the terrorists or as a counter-operation by security officials.

12.10 pm: The Express Tribune reports that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack. A government official who could not be immediately identified said at least six people were killed in the attack. Meanwhile, The Dawn is reporting that at least 15 people have been killed, four of whom are security guards.

12.00 pm: In his first reaction to the attack Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said “sacrifices made will not go in vain.” “Those who kill innocent students and civilians have no religion,” Sharif said.

11. 45 am: Pakistan media, quoting police officials, claim that two terrorists have been killed by armed officials. There still isn’t any confirmation on how many terrorists entered the university.

Pakistan attack, Pak terror attack, Bacha Khan University, Pakistan. Pakistan soldiers enter the Bacha Khan University during an attack by militants, in Charsadda, northwestern Pakistan. REUTERS/ARY News via Reuters TV

Vice Chancellor Fazal Rahim told reporters that several students were stuck inside the campus buildings.

The army and police had moved into the university and a gunfight with the attackers was under way, Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir told Reuters. He said it was unclear how many gunmen were involved.

Television footage showed soldiers entering the campus as ambulances lined up outside the main gate and anxious parents consoled each other.

“We launched an operation inside the university and are trying to rescue the students and staff of the institution,” Wazir said.

Pakistan has killed and arrested hundreds of suspected militants under a counter-terrorism plan enacted after a massacre of school children in December 2014 in the northwest.

Police said the gunmen had used the cover of a thick fog on a wintry morning to storm the campus.

The Bacha Khan University teaches over 3,000 students and hosted an additional 600 visitors on Wednesday for a poetry recital, the vice chancellor said.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer in the English department, said he was about to leave the hostel for the department when firing began.

“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.”

With inputs from agencies

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    Jai Kumar
    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:16 am
    If it is Pathankot it is freedom struggle if it is Peshawar of NWFP it is terrorism.if you breed snakes they will bite your own as well.
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      Sirius
      Jan 20, 2016 at 9:41 am
      Mr. Abdul, apologies , but there is a context of history since 1947 that is responsible for this viewpoint . The scars are deep, and will take time to forget (cannot heal) ...
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        Satendra kumar
        Jan 20, 2016 at 9:51 am
        There is no favor for terrorists organisation in Paskistan or any other country.stan should eliminate this organisation from the country other than making a breeding zone for terrorism.
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          PROUDINDIAN
          Jan 20, 2016 at 8:08 am
          karma b*tch karma . Serves these porkistanis right .
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            Vinay
            Jan 20, 2016 at 7:59 am
            The Award Vapsi gang will now protest and return their awards, blaming Modi government for the death of terrorists when they were carrying out their work of killing students. Of course, the award Vapsi gang will shed any tears for the innocent students.
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              Vinay
              Jan 20, 2016 at 8:00 am
              The Award Vapsi gang will now protest and return their awards, blaming Modi government for the death of terrorists when they were carrying out their work of killing students. Of course, the award Vapsi gang will NOT shed any tears for the innocent students.
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                Abhay Karnik
                Jan 20, 2016 at 8:08 am
                "Rip as you sow" PAK planted tree of 'Babul' so he will get only 'thorn' and not mango
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                  Archpagan
                  Jan 20, 2016 at 11:37 am
                  Every Koran lover should be held complicit for every Koran inspired attack.
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                    armoryourjacket
                    Jan 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm
                    Get extra bulletproof protection, couture devoted to ballistic protection, customize the secret armor of his favorite jacket
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                      Rajesh
                      Jan 20, 2016 at 9:15 am
                      Carry on Porkis. India does not need to fight any war. In due time, the third rate pedophile worshiping nation of Porkistan will disintegrate and destroy themselves.
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                        Rajesh
                        Jan 20, 2016 at 9:09 am
                        Most shocking news is that stan has universities! I thought all the pigs went to madra.
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                          Rajesh
                          Jan 20, 2016 at 11:35 am
                          Shut up. Unlike Porkistan, I live in a free country and will say what I like. If you dont like it, I suggest you kill yourself. Beggars like you will declare all Hindus communal, if one man says anything, but consider pigs to be peaceful no matter how many attacks they carry out. When your family is blown to pieces by a terrorist, you might actually wake up.
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                            Rajesh
                            Jan 20, 2016 at 11:37 am
                            Why? s created terrorists to harm us, and now they are getting a dose of their own medicine. If you care so much, you go to land and attend their funeral, but stop lecturing other people on what they should think or feel.
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                              Rajesh
                              Jan 20, 2016 at 9:12 am
                              You guys are pedophile worshippers who murder innocent people.
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                                Rajesh
                                Jan 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                                Shiv Ling is located in the Kaaba in Mecca. Its what all Pusslims worship 5 times a day.
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                                  Debasish Sarkar
                                  Jan 20, 2016 at 7:43 am
                                  I think our Balochi Brothers are doing very commendable jobs as per schedule.
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                                    countk99
                                    Jan 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm
                                    For Pak Army it is just another collateral damage and will look for sympathy from international community.
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                                      countk99
                                      Jan 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm
                                      Then why they killed the taxi driver and left SP and his friends? Would like to hear some story from you on this . Better sell your stories to Pak producers as they like these type of stories.
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                                        Raj
                                        Jan 20, 2016 at 11:57 am
                                        LOL. Your conspiracy theory does not even make sense as the attack took place on an Air Force base - not army . At least come up with some convincing nonsense instead of outright crazy garbage. And FYI - the International border is guarded by the Border Security Force - not the Army. The Army does not control the BSF and the BSF reports to a different ministry.
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                                          Raj
                                          Jan 20, 2016 at 11:55 am
                                          No its just means you are less tethered to reality than the rest of us.
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                                            Raj
                                            Jan 20, 2016 at 11:58 am
                                            Yes, keep talking like this - soon all your schools and students will be dead or dying and then also keep spinning ic conspiracy theories .
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