Bacha Khan University attack in Charsadda kills 21: Latest update
Another terrorist attack on educational institutions in Pakistan has shocked the Pakistani beyond belief. Dozens of students are feared to have died from the massacre that started early Wednesday morning in pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkha province.
Reports suggest that unidentified gunmen wearing civilian clothes entered Bacha Khan University in the province’s Charsadda town Wednesday and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered at the school for a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of the activist and leader whom the school is named after.
A report in the daily Daily Dawn’s website says that the mastermind of the APS Peshawar attack, Omar Mansoor, of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the attack through a post on his Facebook page, adding that four attacker were sent to the university. As the military announced the end of the clearance operation, mass casualties were feared in the attack reminiscent of the deadly December 2014 terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which left over 140 dead â€” most of them students.
Other reports suggest that that the four attackers were wearing suicide vests but were killed by security forces’ before they could detonate their explosives.
Police confirm 21 dead
Military says 4 attackers killed, gunfire over
Armed assailants scaled university walls and opened fire
Multiple blasts were heard along with continuous heavy gunfire
3,000 students enrolled at university