Sharif condemns university attack, says sacrifices won’t go in vain

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Islamabad, Jan 20 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and said that the sacrifices will not go in vain.

“Those who kill innocent students and civilians have no religion,” Sharif said.

Two attackers have been killed in the terrorist attack, according to Peshawar DIG Saeed Wazir.

Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Rescued students said that around 60 to 70 others have been shot in the head by the gunmen.

Dawn News tweeted that at least three to four security guards are injured, an eye-witness who managed to come out of the premises said.

Pakistani journalist Talat Hussain tweeted that dozens have been killed, according to eyewitnesses.

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Terrorists had a free hand for 50 minutes and now they are restricted to one block.

An Edhi volunteer said he has seen the bodies of at least 15 persons, Dawn tweeted.

Rescue officials say some 50 students have been rescued from the premises.

Armed assailants scaled the university walls and opened fire in the morning today.

Multiple blasts were heard along with heavy gunfire.

At the time of attack, an event regarding the 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, Geo TV reports.

Helicopters called in to assist the operation while panic stricken parents have gathered outside the University. Some of the parents are said to have gathered outside the hospital where the injured students are being treated.

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

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

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