Peshawar: At least 20 people were killed and several injured as terrorists stormed a university in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region on Wednesday. As per the reports, 8 terrorist have been killed in the gunfight so far as rescue operations continue in the campus.
4 explosions and heavy gunfire were heard inside Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda town 50 km from Peshawar.
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.Several people heard explosions, Dawn reported.
State-run PTV quoted a police official as saying that three armed men entered the university premises and opened fire. A large contingent of security forces have reached the site as per the reports.
A woman inside the university told Dawn that intense firing was under way. The woman sought help.
Tehreek-E-Taliban has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Seven gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) had conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar in 2014 as well.
( With inputs from IANS )