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At least 19 people died in a gun attack on a university in north-west Pakistan. About three hours after the initial attack, an army official said, “firing stopped but troops were searching Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda,” police explain, as BBC News reports.
Police say at least four attackers have been killed. It is not clear if others are at large, BBC News writes, “the army said four gunmen had been killed but others were thought to be holding out in Bacha Khan University as shooting continued.” As Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir explains, some students have been rescued.
Several armed gunmen stormed onto a college campus in Pakistan’s northwestern Khuber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, media report. According to the Washington Post, the gunmen detonated explosives at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, about 30 miles (50 km) from Peshwar. In a statement, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif confirmed fatalities are likely, the Washington Post publishes. Sharif, who is in Zurich for a global economic conference, said law enforcement agencies are converging on the scene to try to rescue students and faculty members.
“We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland,” Sharif said. “The countless sacrifices made by our countrymen will not go in vain.” Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper reported explosions and gunfire can be heard coming from university buildings as police and paramilitary officers rush to the scene.
The attackers struck at around 09:30 local time (04:30 GMT), reportedly climbing over the back wall, where a university guesthouse is located, BBC News gives details. More than 130 students died in 2014 during school’s attack in nearby Peshawar.