Jan 20, 2016, 11:45 AM
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30 killed as terrorists siege of university in Pakistan continues

Islamabad, Jan 20, IRNA – Nearly 30 people have been killed as the terrorists attack a university in Pakistan's north western city of Charsadda on Wednesday.

Shaukat Yousufzai minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province talking to media said: The situation inside the university is bad and we expect the death toll to rise adding that so far almost 30 have been killed and 60 people are injured.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP commander, Omar Mansoor, said that the attack was carried out by four attackers.

According to Pakistan media giving live coverage of the incident, the attack is still going on and heavy gunfire being heard form the university building. The university has been surrounded by many army and security forces.

The gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered for a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of the activist and leader 'Bacha Khan' whom the school is named after.

Pakistan Army spokesperson Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa confirms four militants have been killed in the ongoing operation in the university.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human in terror attack.

The premier, who is currently in Switzerland to attend the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, is said to be personally monitoring the situation as he is being continuously informed on the measures taken to tackle the terrorists.

The attack comes over a year after Taliban gunmen stormed Army Public School in Peshawar and slaughtered more than 150 people, most of them children, in an hours-long siege.