Update January 21, 2016

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Vigils held as Pakistan mourns Bacha Khan University dead

Sumel Sarker

Vigils

Vigils held as Pakistan mourns Bacha Khan University dead

21 January 2016, Nirapad News: Vigils have been held in Peshawar and elsewhere in Pakistan for at least 21 people killed in a university attack.

Four suspected attackers also died in Wednesday’s assault on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.

Military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said that major breakthroughs had been made in identifying the attackers but did not name them, reports the BBC.

One Pakistani Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the assault, but its main spokesman denied this.

The group killed 130 students at a school in Peshawar in 2014.

Early on Wednesday, gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, 50km (30 miles) from Peshawar, and opened fire on students and faculty as they gathered for a poetry event.

Those killed were a professor, two gardeners, one caretaker and 17 students, according to Pir Shahab, superintendent of investigations.

Most of the victims were shot dead at a hostel for male students.

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