A group of heavily armed gunmen reportedly killed a professor after they stormed a university in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, media reported. More than 50 people have also been injured and firing inside the campus is underway. At least 25 people have been reportedly killed in the attack.
According to media reports, militants opened fire at students and teachers in classrooms and hostels after they entered the Bacha Khan University using the cover of thick winter fog. The university is located in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Several students were stuck inside the campus buildings, Vice Chancellor Fazal Rahim told reporters. Security forces have started entering the campus as ambulances and medics lined up outside the main gate.
More than 3,000 students are present on campus along with an additional 600 visitors attending a poetry recital. At least seven explosions have been heard as firing continues inside the University campus.
Four terrorists have been killed so far as army operations continue at the Bacha Khan University, army spokesperson Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have reportedly claimed the attack on the University.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack on Bacha Khan University in a statement released on his official website. “Those who kill innocent students and civilians have no religion. We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland,” Sharif said.