TTP, Mullah Fazlullah not behind Bacha Khan University attack: Khorasani

TTP spokesperson contradicts APS attack mastermind Umar Mansoor who claimed TTP was responsible for the attack


Riaz Ahmed January 20, 2016
Relatives and friends surround a man, injured in a militant attack at the Bacha Khan University, at a hospital in Charsadda in this still image taken from a video on January 20, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan central spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani on Wednesday denied any involvement in an attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, contradicting an earlier admission by the group claiming the attack.

Refuting TTP commander Umar Mansoor’s claims that the militant group was behind the attack, Khorasani in an email sent to media men said, “The TTP and its amir Maulana Fazaulllah have nothing to do with the attack.”

“We consider these youth studying in non-military educational institutes as our future, they are Muslims and their protection is our responsibility,” he stated.

21 killed, over 30 injured as gunmen attack Bacha Khan University in Charsadda

“Those people who used the name of the Taliban in the attack will be tried in sharia courts,” the email added.

Earlier, senior TTP commander and the mastermind of the Army School Attack in December 2014, Umar Mansoor, claimed responsibility for the assault and said it involved four of his men. He also warned, “Universities, cadet colleges and army schools will be targeted in Pakistan.”

At least 21 people were killed and over 30 others injured as a group of militants stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on Wednesday morning. Firing and blasts were heard from inside the campus as the army carried out a clearance operation.

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The militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University before entering buildings and opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, police said.

The gunmen attacked as the university prepared to host a poetry recital on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a popular ethnic Pashtun independence activist after whom the university is named.

The attack comes a little over a year after Taliban gunmen stormed Army Public School in December 2014 and slaughtered more than 150 people, most of them children, in an hours-long siege.

COMMENTS (25)

syed & syed | 5 years ago | Reply Khorasani says that Mulla Fazal Ullah is to behind Bach Khan University massacre then who is responsible. Khorasani to point out the culprits because they all are affiliated
Rahul | 5 years ago | Reply @Ali: Time to drop a nuke on Kabul so these Indian dogs learn pakistan will not put up with them for long Yeah good luck with that buddy. That will not only incur the wrath of Indians but also Afghans and Taliban upon Pakistan. I dare your government to go ahead and do it.
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