Bacha Khan University Attack Victims
3 years ago
At least 19 people were killed in a militant attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan on Wednesday, according to CNN. Al Jazeera reported that dozens more were injured.
Those killed and injured include students, teachers and visitors, many of whom were gathered to celebrate the university's founder, Abdul Ghaffar "Bacha" Khan, with a poetry reading to mark the anniversary of his death.
Many more students were safely evacuated, and in a strong safety measure, local authorities have closed all Charsadda schools for the rest of January.
A statement from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attacks as well as the broader threat of terrorism, saying, "We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland."
This attack took place less than 20 miles from Peshawar, which had the world's attention in December 2014 after the Pakistani Taliban killed 132 students, most of them in their young teens, at Army Public School and Degree College.
A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, the Dara Adma Khel, claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack, though at least one Pakistani Taliban official denounced the group's actions, saying the attack was against Shariah law and the group would be brought to justice.
The attackers were ultimately stopped by university security guards and local police.
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