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At least 20 people killed in Taliban attack on Pakistan university

January 20, 12:44 UTC+3 ISLAMABAD
Several gunmen attacked the university in the morning when more than 3,000 students and teachers were on campus
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Security officials, rescue workers and relatives outside the hospital after gunmen attacked Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan
© EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB
© EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB
© EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB
© AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad

ISLAMABAD, January 20. /TASS/. At least 20 people were killed and more than 20 injured in an attack by Taliban militants on a university in north-west Pakistan, lawmaker of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party Shaukat Yousafzai told reporters on Wednesday.

Yousafzai said the number of victims can grow adding that security forces cleared the Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda from attackers.

Representatives of the non-profit social welfare organization Edhi Foundation at the scene say that 15 people were killed in the attack and 50 more were injured.

Several gunmen attacked the university in the morning when more than 3,000 students and teachers were on campus. Security services killed four attackers but reports say up to 10 terrorists were involved in the attack. "Snipers killed two more terrorists on roof top, total number of terrorists killed so far is four. All buildings and roof top were taken over by the Army. The operation continues," director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations at the Pakistan Armed Forces General Asim Bajwa wrote on his Twitter microblog.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban gunmen killed 145 students at a school in Pakistan’s northern province of Peshawar in December 2014. Most victims were students under 18.

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