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 death 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.
Death toll claims run from 15-60 killed
Two attackers killed: DIG Saeed Wazir
Armed assailants scaled university walls and opened fire
Multiple blasts heard along with continuous heavy gunfire
3,000 students enrolled in the university
Security operation underway
DIG 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.