Bacha Khan University Charsadda reopens amid tight security

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After a closure of almost one week due to a daeadly terrorist rampage, the Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) reopened on Monday amid stringent security.

People belonging from different walks of life started to gather at the university early on Monday to take part in a Quran Khawani being held for the 22 martyrs of Wednesday’s brazen attack at the educational institution, Radio Pakistan reported.

A peace walk is also expected to be held from the BKU to the main Bazaar of the district later in the day which will be joined by a number of people belonging to the civil society to pay homage to the victims of the terror incident and to show solidarity with their relatives.

More than a year after a bloody Taliban rampage at a military-run school in Peshawar, terrorists had killed 25 people in a near-identical attack on the state-run university in nearby Charsadda district Wednesday morning. The heroics of campus guards had, however, prevented bloodshed as they engaged the terrorists before security forces moved in under thick fog to eliminate the attackers.

Four terrorists, armed with sub-machine guns, pistols and hand grenades, had launched the attack around 8:45 when the campus was enveloped in thick morning fog. According to eyewitnesses and officials, the terrorists scaled the back wall of the campus and entered the guest house of the vice chancellor where they shot dead assistant caretaker Fakhre Alam before they went on to a murderous spree.

 

Published in The Express Tribune

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