Nearly Dozen Students Wounded in Terrorist Attack on Pakistani University

Pakistan Security officials say four heavily armed, burqa-clad terrorists stormed an agriculture university in northwestern Pakistan early Friday.

The army said in a statement that security forces engaged the assailants in a gunfight on the campus in Peshawar, killing all four terrorists.

Doctors at the city hospital say they have received 11 wounded students. 

A police officer and a journalist were also wounded.

There were at least 70 students in the building at the time of the attack, witnesses said.

Quick claim of responsibility

The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed the attack, saying in message from spokesman Mohammad Khorasani that they had targeted a safe house of the military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

The gunmen arrived at the school’s campus in a rickshaw and disguised in the burqas worn by many women in the region, Khan said.

They shot and wounded a guard before entering the campus, he said.

Bloody 2014 attack

In December 2014, Pakistani Taliban gunmen killed 134 children at Peshawar’s Army Public School, one of the single deadliest attacks in the country’s history.

The Pakistani Taliban are fighting to topple the government and install a strict interpretation of Islamic law. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by U.S.-backed military action in 2001.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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