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Militants storm Pakistan university, kill at least 20| Reuters

Armed militants stormed a university in volatile northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens a little more than a year after the massacre of 134 students at a school in the area, officials said.

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the assault in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, but an official spokesman later denied involvement, calling the attack "un-Islamic".

The violence nevertheless shows that militants retain the ability to launch attacks, despite a country-wide anti-terrorism crackdown and a military campaign against their strongholds along the lawless border with Afghanistan.

A security official said the death toll could rise to as high as 40 at Bacha Khan University in the city of Charsadda. The army said it had concluded operations to clear the campus six hours after the attack began, and that four gunmen were dead.

A spokesman for rescue workers, Bilal Ahmad Faizi, said 19 bodies had been recovered including students, guards, policemen and at least one teacher, named by media as chemistry professor Syed Hamid Husain. Husain reportedly shot back at the gunmen with a pistol to allow his students to flee.

Many of the dead were apparently shot in the head execution-style, TV footage showed.

The militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the university on Wednesday morning before entering buildings and opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, police said.

Students told media they saw several young men wielding AK-47 guns storming the university housing where many students were sleeping.

"They came from behind and there was a big commotion," an unnamed male student told a news channel from a hospital bed in Charsadda's District Hospital. "We were told by teachers to leave immediately. Some people hid in bathrooms."

Thirty five of the wounded remain in hospital, a local police official said late on Wednesday.
 

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Gee, this is another incident worth looking into. If that is from ISIS then it would be a bigger news. It seems that attacks by less popular groups don't get much into the headlines today. The Taliban in Pakistan may be big deal to the Pakistanis but in international media they seem not to be. As with the violence of killing 20 people, truly it is an unIslamic act. Nice to hear that term unIslamic so similar to unChristian.
 

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Gee, this is another incident worth looking into. If that is from ISIS then it would be a bigger news. It seems that attacks by less popular groups don't get much into the headlines today. The Taliban in Pakistan may be big deal to the Pakistanis but in international media they seem not to be. As with the violence of killing 20 people, truly it is an unIslamic act. Nice to hear that term unIslamic so similar to unChristian.
Exactly. With the rise of ISIS, the other militant groups like Taliban and LRA and Al Queda have been pushed to the back seat in international media matters. What is very interesting about this case though is that the attack was commenced on Pakistani citizens themselves, by a group that has, as it has been proven time and time again, very close ties with the country's armed forces in Rawalpindi, with which it has reportedly worked together in a lot of terror attacks in foreign soil. I really don't understand what they mean to accomplish through violence and terror. They call themselves 'freedom fighters', but kill their own civilian brethren and just cause unending chaos in their own country and abroad.
 
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