Pakistan mourns Charsadda university victims

11:07 AM | 21 Jan, 2016
Pakistan mourns Charsadda university victims
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - A day of mourning is being observed throughout the country today (Thursday) to express solidarity with the victims of Bacha Khan University, Charsadda terror attack.

The national flag is flying at half mast on all the government buildings while special prayers are also being held in the educational institutions for the martyrs.

Earlier on Wednesday, a group of heavily-armed terrorists stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens as the army hunted for any gunmen all day.

According to reports, the university campus and hostels were evacuated and people from surrounding areas were  instructed to avoid coming closer to the university.

Four of the attackers have been neutralised by Pakistan army, security officials told Daily Pakistan Global.

Rescuers said 21 bodies had been recovered including students, guards, policemen and at least one teacher, named by media as chemistry professor Syed Hamid Husain.

There are reports that fifty severely injured people were admitted to district headquarter hospital, around a dozen of them is still under treatment at the hospital. Four security guards and a professor were also among the injured.

Meanwhile the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has submitted a complete identification report of the finger prints of the terrorists involved in the Bacha Khan University attack to the Interior Minister.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar directed the authorities concerned to share the information with all intelligence agencies and security forces for further action against the terrorists.

Talking to a press conference on late Wednesday, Pakistan army spokesman Lt-General Asim Saleem Bajwa said major breakthroughs had been made in identifying the terrorists who attacked the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, adding that the terrorists’ phone calls had been traced and analysed, and that two cell phones had also been recovered from them.