A gunbattle has broken out between security forces and suspected militants at Bacha Khan University in northwestern Pakistan. At least eight people have been killed.
Fazal Raheem Marwat, vice chancellor at the university located in Charsadda, said on Wednesday that gunmen had entered the campus from the south side. According to police, two explosions were also heard. At least 1,000 students were on campus at the time of the attack. It was not immediately clear how many gunmen were involved in the raid.
Police inspector Saeed Wazir said 70 percent of students had been rescued.
“All students have been evacuated from the hostels, but militants are still hiding in different parts of the university and some students and staff are stuck inside,” he said, adding that it was unclear how many gunmen were involved.
AP news agency reported that one student and one professor were among the victims.
Bacha Khan University lies around 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from Peshawar, where Taliban forces stormed an army-run school in December 2014. More than 150 people, most of whom were children, were killed in the massacre, which was Pakistan’s deadliest extremist attack to date.
Wednesday’s siege came just a day after a suicide bomber killed 10 people at a market on the outskirts of Peshawar.
ksb/sms (AP, Reuters, AFP)