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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Five including three cops killed in attack on university in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Peshawar, 18 March, ( Five people including three policemen were killed and four other injured when more than hundred armed-militants in the garb of Taliban attacked a police mobile van at the main entrance of the University of Malakand at Chakdara in the Lower Dir District, northwest Pakistan, late midnight (Tuesday).

According to an injured watchman of the University more than hundred armed militants entered the university at 12:45am, beating the gatekeeper they broke into the university.

The attackers were demanding of the watchmen to hand them over all keys of the vehicles and administration block, sources said, adding that apparently they wanted to take away official vehicles along with them.

When the watchmen offered resistance they opened fire on them injuring two of them, Farman and Khilq Dad Khan.

Hearing sounds of the firing someone informed the Ouch Police Station and when police mobile van reached the spot the militants attacked it with rocket launcher at the main entrance, sources in the university told Asian Tribune.

As a result, three policemen including ASI (Assistant Police Inspector) Azizullah, head constable Inayatullah and constable Adam Khan were killed on the spot while constable Rahmatullah, Constable Wahid Zaman and constable Nazir got bullet injuries. The injured were rushed to District Headquarters hospital at Batkhaila from where they were referred to Peshawar, official sources confirmed.

One of them Nazir, driver of the van, died later in hospital. The police van caught fire and was totally damaged. The attackers took away two vehicles of the university along with them.

Meanwhile the vice chancellor of the university Dr Muhammad Rasool Jan called an emergency meeting on Wednesday which was attended by all staff and administration. It was decided that one day salary of the staff with all other facilities would be gifted to the deceased watchman Khaliq Dad Khan who according to the staff sacrificed his life to save students and teachers.

Meanwhile Swat Taliban on Wednesday claimed to have arrested 14 of the culprits in Shamozai area involved in the incident and recovered the vehicles. The Taliban, according to informed sources handed over the vehicles to the commission Malakand Division, Syed Muhammad Javid.

Official sources seem reluctant to disclose this new development and it was not known that who the attackers were, however Taliban were quoted as saying that they will punish the culprits according to Islamic sharia.

- Asian Tribune -

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