On Wed 21st Jan 2016, at least four heavily armed militants raided the Bacha Khan University campus in NorthWestern town of Charsadda, slaughtering at least 22 people including both college staff and students.
Reportedly, Pakistani Taliban commander admitted the group had carried out the attack, but the main spokesman for Taliban denied this. The same militant group had killed 130 students at a school in the city of Peshawar, around 30 miles from Charsadda, last year in 2014, which left the world in a terrible shock.
The terrible assault at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, around 20 miles from Peshawar, began just before 9 a.m. when the militants, using winter fog as cover, slipped through nearby fields and entered the university campus via a low wall at the back of the compound randomly throwing grenades and shooting anyone in sight.
Intense gunshots and explosions were heard as security guards fought the militants while students and staff ran to find cover in toilets and examination halls.
Students described the terrible assault as they told local media :
“We saw three terrorists shouting, ‘Allah Hu Akbar!’ and rushing towards the stairs of our department.”
“One student jumped out of the classroom through the window. We never saw him get up.”
Reportedly, Seventeen people were injured and at least one security guard was also killed in the incident.
Pakistan Security forces took control over the situation as they launched a counter attack and after hours of furious gun-battle and explosions, killed four suspected militants.
Four suspected attackers also died in a battle that lasted nearly three hours at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.