Bacha Khan University Attack, What We Know So Far

Bacha Khan University Attack, What We Know So Far

Submitted by Subeditor on Wed, 2016-01-20 12:15 Peshawar: Unidentified gunmen have entered Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkha’s Charsadda town and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered at the school for a poetry recital to commemorate the anniversary of the activist and leader whom the school is named after.Mass casualties are feared in an 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.Key updates:1. Two attackers killed: DIG Saeed Wazir2. Edhi source claims 15 dead3. Armed assailants scaled university walls and opened fire4. Multiple blasts heard along with continuous heavy gunfire5. 3,000 students enrolled in the universitySecurity operation underwayDIG Saeed Wazir says two attackers have been killed. Security personnel are still entering the school to control the situation. Wazir tells Reuters he believes most of the students had been rescued but several gunmen remained at large inside the university.The remaining terrorists are giving stiff resistance to security forces as they continue the clearance operation. Intelligence sources say eight to 10 terrorists are still inside the school.The families of students have lined up outside the school. Journalists and all other non-essential personnel have been asked to stay back in order to not interfere with the ongoing security operation. Up to 20 ambulances have entered the university to rescue the injured.At least 15 killed: EdhiAn Edhi volunteer says he has seen the bodies of at least 15 persons. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) represntative Shaukaut Yousafzai said between 50 to 60 people have been wounded.At least three to four security guards are injured, an eye-witness who managed to come out of the premises said. The Associated Press quotes police as saying gunmen killed a professor and a student in the attack.DIG Saeed Wazir confirmed that two students and a chemistry professor have been killed in the attack.Emergency imposed at hospitalsRescue officials say some 50 students have been rescued from the premises.Out of these 50, five students are injured and have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital, Charsadda for treatment. An emergency has been imposed in all hospitals in the town.Snipers have taken position around the premises, with monitoring being provided by aerial assets.(Report Courtesy: WWW.Dawn.Com)