Date
21 January 2017
A rescue worker guides students rescued in a militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
A rescue worker guides students rescued in a militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan mourns 21 people killed in Taliban university massacre

Pakistan is reeling from the aftermath of a bloody terrorist attack on a university campus which killed at least 21 people, mostly students.

The army was called in to help security guards retake Bacha Khan University after Taliban gunmen stormed the campus about 130 kilometers west of the capital Islamabad on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Military spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said soldiers killed all four assailants.

Gunfire erupted around 9 a.m., causing panic and confusion amid heavy fog on the campus, the newspaper quoted survivors as saying.

A Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility for the attack. The same group killed more than 130 students at the Army Public School in Peshawar more than a year ago.

In the latest attack, many of the students jumped out of windows, breaking limbs, to escape gunmen moving from room to room and shooting.

Pakistan has ramped up anti-terror operations over the past two years, waging campaigns in tribal areas in the country’s mountainous northwest that have long been strongholds for the Taliban, al Qaeda and other terror groups, the Journal said.

However, Taliban militants, who have split into numerous factions, continue to strike at soft targets, usually with bomb blasts. the report said. Shooting attacks have been less frequent.

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