A number of militants stormed a university in explosive northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 19 people and injure dozens as the military hunted for any gunmen still holed up on the campus, officials said.A security official said the death toll could climb to as high as 40 as the military cleared out student hostels and classrooms.
A spokesman for the rescue workers, Bilal Ahmad Faizi, said 19 bodies were recovered including officers, guards, pupils and a minumum of one professor. Firing had finished after several hours and four militants was killed, the army said, within an assault that comes a little over annually after Taliban gunmen killed 134 pupils in a military-run school in nearby Peshawar.A senior security officer in the scene told Reuters 90 percent of the campus was procured and that 51 people were wounded. The militants, utilizing the cover of heavy, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa state, before opening fire on teachers and pupils in classrooms and hostels and entering buildings, authorities said.
As the university prepared to host a poetry recital on Wednesday day to commemorate the death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a popular ethnic Pashtun autonomy activist after the gunmen assaulted.