A group of militants stormed a university in volatile northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday and killed at least eight people, officials said, with firing inside the campus still going on and two explosions heard.
Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir said at least three students had been killed in the attack, and a spokesman for the rescue workers said eight bodies had been recovered so far. Four of the gunmen have been killed by security forces and the army has contained the militants to two blocks inside the university, a spokesman for the army said on Twitter.
Police said earlier that other attackers were believed to be at large on the second and third floors of the campus buildings.
The militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, before entering buildings and opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, police said.
Police inspector Wazir said 70 percent of students had been rescued. "All students have been evacuated from the hostels, but militants are still hiding in different parts of the university and some students and staff are stuck inside," he said, adding that it was unclear how many gunmen were involved.