Pakistan holds day of mourning over university attack as death toll rises to 21

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by The News Editor

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Pakistan is observing a day of mourning after Islamic militants stormed a university, gunning down students and teachers and spreading terror before the four gunmen were killed by the military.

The death toll from the assault at Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsadda, near Peshawar, rose to 21 after another student died in hospital, according to police official Tariq Khan.

Flags on official buildings and parliament are flying at half-mast and police have stepped up security at schools and educational centres across the country.

A breakaway Taliban faction took responsibility for the university attack on Wednesday, which raised grim echoes of the 2014 school massacre that left 150 dead, 144 of them children.

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by The News Editor

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