He said the operation had ended and security forces were clearing the area, with most of the student victims shot dead at a hostel for boys on the Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda.
The breakaway Taliban faction that claimed Wednesday’s attack called the university “an instrument of the government and army”, without elaborating. The incident at Bacha Khan University in the city of Charsadda took place 25 miles from the site of a December 2014 Taliban massacre at a school that killed more than 120. As rescuers rushed to put people on stretchers, injured people who could stand on their own walked past them in the opposite direction.
(Vatican Radio) The Catholic aid agency Caritas Pakistan has condemned Wednesday’s deadly attacks by Islamic militants at a university in the northeast of the country.
He also says Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban had nothing to do with the attack.
Army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa tweeted that four terrorists were killed during operation launched by security forces to clear the University. They should avoid regressive measures such as their resumption of executions following the 2014 Peshawar school attack.
Pakistan’s northwest and its lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan is a highly volatile region.
Pakistani Taliban militants were also responsible for the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was targeted for standing up for girls’ rights to education and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Geology student Zahoor Ahmed said the tutor had warned him not to leave the building after the first shots were fired.
The gunmen opened fire at students and faculty members who had gathered in a school on the varsity campus for a poetry recital to commemorate the anniversary of the activist and leader after whom the school is named.
“Most of the students and staff were in classes when the firing began”, Shabir Khan, a lecturer in the university’s English department, said, according to The Guardian. Four attackers have been killed.
However, since then the Taliban group known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan backed away from the claim, according to The Express Tribune, an English-language Pakistani newspaper.
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