APS mastermind claims Bacha Khan University attack, 21 killed

PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkha’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.

However, a spokesperson from the TTP, Mohammad Khorasani, issued a conflicting statement shortly after Mansoor's claim, in which Khorasani condemned the attack, terming it "against Shariah".

Khorasani also warned that those "using the naming of TTP will be brought to justice".


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 — most of them students.

Sources added that the four attackers were wearing suicide vests but were killed by security forces' before they could detonate their explosives.

Key updates:

  • 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

University premises secured

Military spokesperson Lt.Gen Asim Bajwa stated that the university premises has been cleared and four attackers have been killed. Security personnel, including Special Services Group (SSG) personnel were tasked with clearing the university premises and and securing the civilians inside.

The terrorists gave stiff resistance to security forces as they engaged in an operation to clear the school over several hours. Intelligence sources said eight to 10 terrorists were inside the university, adding that they were between 18 and 25 years old, were wearing civilian clothes and had their faces covered.

Snipers had taken position around the premises, with monitoring being provided by aerial assets.

Security forces also cordoned off a one-storey house, situated around a kilometre from the university's boundary wall, where three terrorists were believed to be holed up. It was later declared clear by military personnel.

The families of students lined up outside the school. Most of the boys belonged to Dir, Hangu and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Journalists and all other non-essential personnel were asked to stay back in order to not interfere with the ongoing security operation. Up to 20 ambulances entered the university to rescue the injured.

The families of students lined up outside the school. Most of the boys belonged to Dir, Hangu and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Journalists and all other non-essential personnel were asked to stay back in order to not interfere with the ongoing security operation. Up to 20 ambulances entered the university to rescue the injured.

 

“The death toll in the terrorist attack has risen to 21,” regional police chief Saeed Wazir told AFP without specifying if the toll included the four militants the army stated it had killed.

Most of the student victims were shot dead at a hostel for boys on the campus.

The medical superintendent at District Headquarter Hospital, Charsadda confirmed 18 dead. DHQ Charsadda's officials also stated that casualties had cuts on the bodies, probably inflicted from a sharp-edged weapon.

An Edhi volunteer earlier said he had seen the bodies of at least 15 persons.

One Rescue 1122 official said, "The boys section [of the hostel] has been affected. Victims have mostly been hit by bullets."

"Around 90 per cent of the area has been cleared. Over 70 per cent students have been rescued."

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) provincial spokesperson Shaukaut Yousafzai said between 50 to 60 people were wounded. He added there was no prior threat about an attack.“The death toll in the terrorist attack has risen to 21,” regional police chief Saeed Wazir told AFP without specifying if the toll included the four militants the army stated it had killed.

Most of the student victims were shot dead at a hostel for boys on the campus.

The medical superintendent at District Headquarter Hospital, Charsadda confirmed 18 dead. DHQ Charsadda's officials also stated that casualties had cuts on the bodies, probably inflicted from a sharp-edged weapon.

An Edhi volunteer earlier said he had seen the bodies of at least 15 persons.

One Rescue 1122 official said, "The boys section [of the hostel] has been affected. Victims have mostly been hit by bullets."

A man consoles a relative of a victim from the university attack.

"Around 90 per cent of the area has been cleared. Over 70 per cent students have been rescued."

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) provincial spokesperson Shaukaut Yousafzai said between 50 to 60 people were wounded. He added there was no prior threat about an attack.

DIG Saeed Wazir confirmed that two students and assistant professor Dr Hamid, who taught organic chemistry at the school, have been killed in the attack.

  

“All students have been evacuated from the hostels, but militants are still hiding in different parts of the university and some students and staff are stuck inside,” Wazir said.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif reached Charsadda to boost the morale of the security personnel who took part in the operation. He was accompanied by Corps Commander Peshawar.


                                                           
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