Islamabad, Pakistan: In a tragic and organized act of terror and murder, 21 students (and maybe more) were killed at Bacha Khan University today [Wednesday, January 20], a university in northwest Pakistan.

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This shocking massacre was waged by armed militants during a special university ceremony for political purposes and to make a terrorist statement. The details and motives are yet unknown. Regrettably, this massacre follows the slaughters which occurred in Pakistan at the Peshawar Army School in 2014, killing over 130 children.

While there may be more than 21 casualties and victims in this Pakistan university attack, security forces took control of the campus after the attack. In addition, four militants were also killed, said army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa.


There are conflicting reports and claims on which group is responsible for the killings. CNN reports one Pakistani Taliban spokesman, Umar Mansoor, saying the attack was in retaliation for military operations against the group. Mansoor was also the alleged mastermind behind the December 2014 attack, Pakistan’s DawnNews reported.

However, another spokesman, Mohammad Khurrassani, from the Pakistani Taliban’s central organization, denied the killings and stated: We “strongly condemn the attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and disown the attack, saying this is not according to Shariah,” Khurrassani said

Notably, the university ceremony was recognizing the 28th anniversary of the university’s founder, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a Pashtun independence activist in the 1920’s and pacifist also known as Bacha Khan. The guests were present to pay tribute to the founder when the militants came to slaughter the students.

This attack was not claimed by ISIS and it shows there are numerous terrorist groups throughout the world now acting in deadly ways in these very turbulent times.

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