Four terrorist bombed and opened fire on anyone in sight when they entered Bacha Khan University located in the north-west of Pakistan, injuring 17 and killing 19 people in process.
Clouds of terrorism were again on the skies of Pakistan as another APS School like tragedy hit the country on Wednesday, January 20th. Four suspected terrorists entered the university and opened fire at anyone in sight according to the reports. Large explosions were also heard during the three hour battle between the terrorists and security officials.
The incident is similar to one carried out by the Pakistani Taliban faction in 2014, when they attacked a school in Peshawar killing 130 students in arguably one of the darkest day in the history of country. While One Taliban commander has taken the responsibility of the attack, the spokesperson of TTP has denied any sort of involvement in the incident as it is an inhumane act according to him.
Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif has vowed to eliminate every single terrorist from the country and has said that neither he nor the Army will rest until this Pakistan is free of this menace. In an official statement he condemned the attack and promised strong response in retaliation to this attack.
“We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland.”
Students of the universities ran for their lives and one student told reporter how one of his fellow student jumped out of the window when he heard gun shots.
“We saw three terrorists shouting, ‘God is great!’ and rushing towards the stairs of our department. One student jumped out of the classroom through the window. We never saw him get up,” a student of the Bacha Khan university told reporters.
A chemistry professor, Syed Hamid Husain, sacrificed his life by protecting his students. He had gun in his hand was seen shooting at the terrorists. He however, was killed but he managed to give his students enough time to flee, saving many lives in the process.
“He was holding a pistol in his hand,” a student of the chemistry professor was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
“Then I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall.”
According to reports, it could have been much worse but the rapid response from security agencies and the opposition terrorist face from inside the university hinder their plans. As soon as the news of the attack break free, the local residents rushed towards university with their own weapons in hands in order to help their beloved ones trapped inside the university.
The university was set to host a poetry event that day and hundreds of people were expected to attend that event. When the attack took place, the building and its surrounding was covered in dense fog, which made it a little harder for the security forces to take down the four terrorists.