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 Killers on campus: Terrorist attack on Pakistan university kills 21

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pakistan shooting  cap2: BULLET MARKS: The walls of the university after the terrorist attack 

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cap2: BULLET MARKS: The walls of the university after the terrorist attack

A gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan, where 21 people were killed and 17 people were left injured, was ended by security forces on Tuesday.

The battle lasted nearly three hours at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. Grenades and automatic weapons were used. Four suspected attackers also died in the gunfire.

One Pakistani Taliban commander said the group had carried out the assault, but its main spokesman denied this.

In 2014, the militant group killed 130 students at a school in the city of Peshawar, 30 miles from Charsadda.

At 9.30am in the morning on Wednesday, the attackers struck under the cover of thick winter fog. They climbed over a back wall and began their onslaught.

Intense gunfire and explosions were heard as security guards fought the attackers.

Khyam Mashal, a student at the university, was in the boys' hostel on the campus, where he lives, when the militants attacked.

He told CNN news that he was sleeping when a friend woke him to tell him that terrorists were attacking the school.

He says he was ‘shocked’ that the attackers had breached the school's security.

He said: “I looked through the window... there were two, three people firing, and I think they were the terrorists. I'm so afraid... my country is not safe. I'm not feeling comfortable.”

Pakistan observed a day of national mourning on Thursday for those killed in the attack.

All government buildings inside and outside the country flew their flags at half-mast, while prayer ceremonies were also held in the capital, Islamabad.

Prime Minister of Pakistan,  Nawaz Sharif has vowed a ‘ruthless’ response to the massacre and ordered security forces to hunt down those behind Wednesday’s attack.

He said in a statement: “We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland.”

RUTHLESS RESPONSE: PM of Pakistan has vowed to wipe out the menace of terrorism in his homeland

RUTHLESS RESPONSE: PM of Pakistan has vowed to wipe out the menace of terrorism in his homeland

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DEVASTATING: Islamic State to blame for Turkey bomb attack

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ANGRY: Hundreds of people protested against the Turkish government following the Ankara bombing

ANGRY: Hundreds of people protested against the Turkish government following the Ankara bombing

Turkey’s government have labelled the Islamic State their prime suspect as they continue to investigate fatal suicide bombings which resulted in the deaths of at least 97 people in Ankara last weekend.

Two bomb blasts occurred just seconds apart from each other during a rally of pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups on Saturday 10th October near to the capital’s main train station.

The attack is the worst of its kind on Turkish soil and resulted in fierce protests from members of the public who have vented their anger at President Tayyip Erdogan.

Hundreds chanting anti-government slogans marched on a mosque in Istanbul following the blasts for the funerals of several victims with leaders of the  pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), in attendance.

Opponents of the ruling party blamed Erdogan for the attack, accusing the state at best of intelligence failings and at worst of complicity by stirring up nationalist, anti-Kurdish sentiment.

The government, facing a growing Kurdish conflict at home and the spill-over of war in Syria, vehemently denies such accusations.

BLAME: President, Tayyip Erdogan, has been blamed by protestors for the bombing

BLAME: President, Tayyip Erdogan, has been blamed by protestors for the bombing

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said the attack had been carried out in an attempt to influence the outcome of November polls whereby Erdogan hopes to restore a majority for the ruling AK party. Officials say there is no question of postponing the vote.

“If you consider the way the attack happened and the general trend of it, we have identified Islamic State as the primary focus,” Davutoglu told Turkey's NTV television.

“It was definitely a suicide bombing...DNA tests are being conducted. It was determined how the suicide bombers got there. We're close to a name, which points to one group.”

The Haberturk newspaper has cited police sources as saying the type of explosive and the choice of target also pointed to a group within Islamic State known as the 'Adiyaman ones' - a reference to Adiyaman province in southeastern Turkey.

Turkey is vulnerable to infiltration by Islamic State, which holds swathes of Syrian land abutting Turkey where some two million refugees live.

But there has been no word from the group - usually swift to publicly claim responsibility for any attack it conducts - over the Ankara bombing or two very similar incidents earlier this year.

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Destroying history

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SHOCKING: Artefacts dating back hundreds of years were destroyed by hammers, drills and bulldozers in Iraq recently by the Islamic State

SHOCKING: Artefacts dating back hundreds of years were destroyed by hammers, drills and bulldozers in Iraq recently by the Islamic State

IS militants target cultural sites in ‘catastrophic’ attack

The Islamic State have been accused of ‘defying the will of the world’ after militants attacked cultural landmarks across Iraq in videos uploaded to the internet in recent weeks.

In the initial footage at the country’s Mosul museum, statues are shown being smashed and pushed to the ground, whilst other items are hacked at with sledgehammers and drills.

Later, another group of militants are seen in bulldozers at the capital of the biblical kingdom of Assyria, Nimrud, where again antiquities are destroyed.

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The country’s antiquities ministry slammed the actions of those involved in the destruction of attractions dating back more than 700 years.

“Daesh (IS) terrorist gangs continue to defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity,” a statement read.

“In a new crime in their series of reckless offences they assaulted the ancient city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy machinery, appropriating the archaeological attractions dating back 13 centuries BC.”

The extremists are reportedly targeting the sites as they claim that their interpretation of Islam calls for the statues and relics to be destroyed. Despite this, there has been huge condemnation from Muslim clerics around the world.

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As well as their ‘religious beliefs’, the group have also been stealing and looting artefacts which are then traded illegally as a way of funding the group’s activities.

The head of Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural organisation, Irina Bokova, said she had alerted the UN security council to the ‘catastrophe’.

“This is yet another attack against the Iraqi people, reminding us that nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing underway in the country,” she said.

RESPONSE: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, helped officially reopen the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad last week

RESPONSE: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, helped officially reopen the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad last week

“It targets human lives, minorities, and is marked by the systematic destruction of humanity’s ancient heritage.”

Amongst the many items destroyed in the film footage, was a giant marble winged bull that previously formed part of the entrance gates to the city of Mosul. A similar model is also on display at the British Museum having been extricated a number of years ago.

In response to the attacks, Iraq reopened the National museum of Iraq which had been closed for the past 12 years since the US-led invasion in 2003.

 

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