October 23, 2018

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19 dead as Taliban attack University in Pakistan

19 dead as Taliban attack University in Pakistan

An attack by suspected Taliban militants on a university in north-west Pakistan has killed at least 19 people and injured 50. An army official said firing had stopped several hours after the attack but troops were still searching Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda.

Four attackers were killed, the army reported, as the Taliban said four of its suicide attackers were involved. Taliban gunmen killed 130 students at a school in nearby Peshawar in 2014.

Charsadda is about 50km (30 miles) from the city. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement, quoted by Reuters news agency: “We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland.”

Wednesday’s attackers struck at around 09:30 local time (04:30 GMT), reportedly climbing over the back wall under cover of the thick winter fog. Intense gunfire and explosions were heard as security guards fought the attackers.”I personally heard two explosions near hostel number one,” an unidentified eyewitness told Pakistan’s Geo TV. Read more

 

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