21 killed in Pak univer­sity at­tack

17 stu­dents, a pro­fes­sor killed; Pak­istani Tal­iban claim re­spon­si­bil­ity

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Sus­pected Is­lamist gun­men stormed a teem­ing univer­sity cam­pus in Pak­istan’s volatile northwest on Wed­nes­day, killing 21 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a chem­istry pro­fes­sor who tried to pro­tect his stu­dents by fir­ing at the mil­i­tants.

A se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said the toll could rise as the army cleared out stu­dent hos­tels and class­rooms at Bacha Khan Univer­sity in Charsadda, around 50km from Pe­shawar, in the Khy­berPakhtunkhwa prov­ince.

For­mer cricket hero Imran Khan’s Pak­istan Tehrik-e-In­saf Party, which rules the prov­ince, ini­tially said about 25 peo­ple were killed and 50 wounded in the at­tack. The death toll was later re­vised by po­lice of­fi­cials to 21.

The brazen at­tack co­in­cided with the death an­niver­sary of

renowned Pash­tun leader Khan Ab­dul Ghaf­far Khan or Bacha Khan, the apos­tle of peace af­ter whom the var­sity is named.

The as­sault was claimed by

a Tal­iban fac­tion led by Umar Man­soor, mas­ter­mind of the 2014 at­tack on an army-run school in Pe­shawar that killed nearly 150 peo­ple. “Our four sui­cide at­tack-

ers car­ried out the at­tack on Bacha Khan Univer­sity to­day,” said Man­soor.

RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P16

AFP PHOTO

Res­cue work­ers carry an in­jured vic­tim at Charsadda, Pak­istan, on Wed­nes­day.

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