A gun attack has caused chaos at a university in north-west Pakistan, with at least 20 people dead and 60 injured.
An army official, who did not wish to be named, said firing had stopped, after 3 long hours, but that troops are still searching in Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda.
The attack left a total of 4 attacker’s dead. But there are conflicting reports about whether the Taliban were involved.
The Taliban killed 130 students at a school in nearby Peshawar in 2014, so as a result the officers have still not ruled out Taliban involvement. However, a Taliban spokesperson denied responsibility for the attack claiming it is very ‘un-Islamic’.
Students initially thought a fight had started, and then heard firing at the back of campus which later increased. Students had been forced to hide and one group took refuge in the bathroom for three long hours in the fear of their life. A chemistry teacher called Syed Hamid Hussain was seen firing at gunmen. “I saw a bullet hit him,” A student said, “I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall.” Eventually security forces arrived and took control. A student named Aziaz Khan witnessed the end of the violence by saying “They showed great bravery.”
At time of press, no one has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack.