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19 killed in university attack in Pakistan

/ 04:18 PM January 20, 2016
Pakistani troops clear way for an ambulance transporting a lifeless body of a victim from Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University named after the founder of an anti-Taliban political party in the country's northwest Wednesday, killing many people, officials said. AP PHOTO

Pakistani troops clear way for an ambulance transporting a lifeless body of a victim from Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University named after the founder of an anti-Taliban political party in the country’s northwest Wednesday, killing many people, officials said. AP PHOTO

CHARSADDA, Pakistan— Pakistani officials say the death toll from a brazen attack on a university in the country’s northwest has risen to 19, with several people wounded.

Deputy Commissioner Tahir Zafar says the attack began shortly after the Bacha Khan University opened for classes on Wednesday in Charsadda town, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of Peshawar.

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Heavy police and military forces were deployed to the area, and a gunbattle is underway. Hospital official Sher Akbar Khan says the hospital has received 19 bodies so far.

Pakistani army says the attackers have been contained and that four of them have been killed.

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No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar in December 2014 killed over 150 people, mostly children.

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