Bacha Khan University attack, four terrorists neutralised, 21 killed

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Charsadda, Jan. 20 (ANI): Following are the top developments in the terrorist attack today on the Bacha Khan University, located in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Two gunmen have reportedly been killed. According to the Pak media, around 60 to 70 students have been shot in the head. Around 90 percent of the buildings have been cleared on campus.

1. 3000 students enrolled in the university

2. According to Geo TV, one chemistry professor killed after being shot in head

3. Evacuation of campus currently on

4. Terrorists entered form the back-gate as the security at the front-gate was high

5. Two guards were injured at the gate

6. Extensive firing continues in the area and heavy contingents of elite force have been deployed, including aerial support given by Army choppers

7. Pashtun independence activist Bacha Khan Baba died on January 20, 1988. It is his death anniversary today

8. Helicopters called in to assist the operation

9. Panic stricken parents have gathered outside the University

10. Five persons, who suffered minor injuries, have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital, Charsadda, for treatment

11. Army contingents have also arrived at the scene and firing is continuing

12. According to the Dawn, a rescued student claims that 60 to 70 students had been shot in the head by the attackers. The student added that the attack is reminiscent of the Army Public School Peshawar attack in December 16, 2014.

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13. More than 50 injured, security forces say. Injured being taken to hospital, Geo Tv reports.

14. Nine injured at the hospital

15. Operation on inside and outside campus

16. No proper roads around university, only farms

17. At the time of attack, an event regarding death anniversary of Pashtun politician Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, known as Bacha Khan, was being attended by a large number of students inside the university

18. Media persons are not being allowed inside

19. Armed assailants scaled the university walls and opened fire

20. Multiple blasts were heard along with heavy gunfire

21. Pakistani journalist Talat Hussain tweets: Eyewitnesses say ‘dozens killed’. Terrorists had a free hand for 50 mnts. Now terrorists are in one block

22. Talat Hussain tweets: Very serious development. Spoke to a stranded teacher who said intense firing and total chaos at campus

23. Dawn tweets: DIG Saeed Wazir says two attackers have been killed

24. Dawn tweets: Rescue officials say some 50 students have been rescued from the premises

25. Dawn tweets: An Edhi volunteer says he has seen the bodies of at least 15 persons

26. Pakistan Army helicopters are monitoring the situation from the air to provide better spatial awareness to the forces conducting the operation on ground

27. Edhi source claims 15 dead

28. University professor, Hamid Hussain, was killed in the attack

29. According to Express Tribune: The vice chancellor has said more than 3,000 students are present at the premises, while several girls are inside hostels. Members of staff also remain within the building. More than 50 students have been evacuated.

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30. Death toll claims run from 15-60 killed

31. Fear of militants fleeing to nearby fields. Army troops out for search

11: 41 am (IST): Two loud blasts heard from inside the university

11: 48 am (IST): A large number worried parents have thronged the hospital looking for their children

11: 50 am (IST): Geo News reports Shakeel Farman Ali reported that 90 percent of the buildings have been cleared in the campus

11: 53 am (IST): Panic sets in inside the campus. Eye-witnesses say not enough ambulances to bring out severely injured and dead

11: 55 am (IST): Rescue officials say some 50 students have been rescued from the premises

11: 57 am (IST): Dawn tweets: 8-10 terrorists still inside the school

12: 02 pm (IST): Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif: Sacrifices made by Pakistan will not go in vain. Those who kill innocent students and civilians have no religion.

12: 03 pm (IST): 11 blasts till now

12: 05 pm (IST): According to Express Tribune: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on Bacha Khan University. TTP commander, Omar Mansoor, said that the attack was carried out by four attackers.

12: 08 pm (IST): According to Express Tribune: Seven people have been killed in the attack so far, while casualties are feared to rise

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12: 09 pm (IST): Six dead bodies recovered

12: 12 pm (IST): Asim Bajwa tweets: Two more terrorists who were firing from inside the Block cordoned by Army troops, shot & killed. Op continues

12: 14 pm (IST): Emergency declared in hospitals

12: 20 pm (IST): Asim Bajwa tweets: Snipers killed 2 more terrorists on roof top,total Terrorist killed so far 4.All buildings&roof top taken over by Army.op continues-3

12: 21 pm (IST): Total four terrorists killed so far

12: 28 pm (IST): Provincial minister Shaukat Yousufzai has said that over 20 people have been killed

12: 35 pm (IST): Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan to leave for Charsadda shortly

12: 40 pm (IST): Express news: 17 dead bodies recovered

12: 45 pm (IST): President Mamnoon Hussain condemns terrorist attack

12: 48 pm (IST): clearance of university block by block continues by Army troops.No firing being heard

12: 50 pm (IST): Express Tribune reports, majority students residing in the boys hostel are dead: student

12: 57 pm (IST): DIG Mardan says: 21 people have been killed, over 30 have been injured. We fear some of the militants have fled into the nearby fields. Army troops have been sent to search for them

This is a developing story and will be updated as we receive updates. (ANI)

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