South Asia | Pakistan army says deadly university attack controlled from Afghanistan

Pakistan army says deadly university attack controlled from Afghanistan

January 23, 2016 1:14 PM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

The Pakistani army said on Saturday the four gunmen who attacked a university in northwest Pakistan were trained in Afghanistan and the assault was controlled by a Pakistani Taliban militant from a location inside Afghanistan.

The alleged facilitators of the deadly attack in Bacha Khan University being presented to media Saturday
The four alleged facilitators of the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University being presented to media Saturday

In a briefing to reporters from the city of Peshawar, military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said the militants who stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people, received training in Afghanistan and crossed over into Pakistan from the Torkham border between the two countries.

Bajwa said the attack was masterminded by Umar Mansoor, a Pakistani Taliban militant based in Afghanistan who is also held responsible for the December 2014 massacre of 134 children in the city of Peshawar – the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.

A deputy of Mansoor helped the attackers reach the Torkham border from where they crossed over into Pakistan, the spokesman said. Read More

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