This group of Taliban terrorists shot girls execution-style in a direct effort to take out as many as possible. The death toll is dozens and dozens.
A group of militants has stormed a university in north-west Pakistan, killing at least 40 people and leaving dozens injured.
Dozens also injured after militants apparently used cover of thick morning fog to launch attack on university in north-west of country
The gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, at about 9.30am, apparently using the cover of thick morning fog, and opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and accommodation blocks.
A gun battle between the attackers and Pakistan security forces ensued, with television footage showing soldiers entering the campus as ambulances lined up outside the main gate and anxious parents consoled each other. After several hours the army said four attackers had been killed and that a clearance operation had ended.
At midday local time a provincial minister put the death toll at 30, though unverified reports from witnesses suggested it could rise much higher.
Naseer, a 23-year-old student, said he counted 56 bodies and saw gunmen shooting male and female students “without discrimination”. “They were directly shooting at the heads of the students,” he said.
Iftikar Khan, the owner of a travel agency in Charsadda, visited the city hospital, where he estimated a stream of ambulances delivered well over 100 bodies. “A lot of them were girls,” he said.
The assault came 14 months after gunmen affiliated with the Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban attacked an army school in Peshawar, killing 132 children. Since then, Pakistan has killed and arrested hundreds of suspected militants under a counter-terrorism plan enacted in the wake of the massacre.
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