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University attackers had Afghan-origin SIM cards: Pak Army

University attackers had Afghan-origin SIM cards: Pak Army

Jan 21, 2016 - 14:17

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistani security officials have claimed Afghan SIM cards were used by attackers of the Bacha Khan University in the Charsadda district of northwestern Pakistaninfo-icon.

At least 21 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded on Wednesday when heavy gunfire and explosions rocked the university. The fatalities included students and one teacher, according to rescuers and police.

Rescue and police sources claimed seeing the bodies of at least 21 people. Shaukat Yousafzai, a public representative and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesman, told reporters up to 60 people had been wounded.

The assailants were in touch with their handlers in Afghanistaninfo-icon during the assault, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), told a media briefing in Peshawar.

He claimed: “The terrorists were continuously conversing on their mobile phones, two of which we have recovered and collected data from.” One mobile phone received calls even after the attackers had been killed.

Fifty-two security personnel were on the campus when the attack began, he said, adding resistance from them had saved many lives. Within 45 minutes, troops from Peshawar reached the campus.

The soldiers moved swiftly to contain the terrorists, the military spokesman said. Some of the attackers were killed on the stairs and others on the rooftop of the building.

Bajwa said information gathered from the terrorists had been shared with the National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA), which had turned up important clues.

“We have gathered all relevant data with regard to where these terrorists came from and who sent them,” he said. The call logs were analysed and an intelligence picture finalised.


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