Islamabad : Shots have been heard from within Bacha Khan University in northwestern Pakistan, and reports confirm the attack of a militant nature which has captured the educational institution in this region of Pakistan, as reports of explosions and ongoing gunfire from within the site were released on local TV media since morning. Attackers are anticipated of having held hostages within the campus grounds. There have been no claims of responsibility yet.
Pakistan Army soldiers have entered the university, according to Geo News, and are taking control of the terror-scene. University faculty, administrative staff and students who are present in the university grounds are trapped in the gunshots. Five injured people have so far been evacuated from the campus, but none of the 3,000 students and 600 guests on the university campus have been injured, according to Pakistani media, citing an audio message released by Fazal Rahim Marwat, vice-chancellor of Bacha Khan University. The report says — Security forces are present on site and are combating the terrorists in a gunfight, but as yet are not sure how many terrorists are holed up inside the university.
A heavy contingent of officers is currently involved in an encounter operation against at least three suspected militants, who are reportedly hiding out in different parts of the campus.
Pakistan has been witness to such attacks on educational campuses, and the university, in Charsadda, near the border with Afghanistan, is less than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, site of a December 2014 attack by militants from Pakistan Taliban. One hundred forty-five people, including 132 children and the school’s principal, were killed in that brutal attack.