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Pakistan Univ Attack: 29 Dead, 60 Injured, Combing Operations On

Armed gunmen stormed into Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, early on Wednesday morning.

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An ambulance carrying one of the victims of a terrorist attack in Bacha Khan university in Charsadda region of Pakistan on 20 January 2016. (Photo: AP) 
Snapshot
  • 29 killed and over 60 injured so far. Death toll expected to rise.
  • Four militants killed so far.
  • TTP claims responsibility for attack.
  • Army clearance operation underway.
  • Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif says, “those who kill innocent children have no religion.”
4:59 PM , 20 Jan

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif visited the Bacha Khan university campus and has condemned the attack, according to Pakistani media reports.

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif meets a person injured in the TTP attack on Bacha Khan university. (Photo: AP)
Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif meets a person injured in the TTP attack on Bacha Khan university. (Photo: AP)

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has also condemned the attack which has been claimed by the mastermind of the 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar — Umar Mansoor.

Mansoor is the head of banned terrorist group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Geedar, and claimed the attack through a Facebook post which is now unavailable.

However, spokesperson of TTP Mohammad Khorasani, condemned the attack and said that the attack is against the Sharia law, according to a report by Dawn.

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, has said that it is high time for Pakistan to “start friendship with India”.

I would like to tell Pakistan, for God’s sake please wake up and start friendship with India…It is a big tragedy, I request Pakistan to start friendship with India because together we can fight the menace of terrorism.

Farooq Abdullah, Former CM of Jammu and Kashmir
3:53 PM , 20 Jan

The death toll in the attack on Bacha Khan university has risen to 29 — 19 students and 10 staff members — according to a report by Pakistani new organistaion, Geo News.

A team of federal officers — visiting the Bacha Khan campus right now — has been appointed by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

2:38 PM , 20 Jan

Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif is at the attack site taking stock of the situation right now.

PM Nawaz Sharif is currently in Switzerland to attend the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, who is currently in Scotland, has been asked to cut his trip short and return to Pakistan as soon as possible.

2:26 PM , 20 Jan

Indian PM, Narendra Modi has condemned the attack.


Published: 20 Jan 2016, 11:51 AM IST
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