Days After Terror Attack, Pakistani University Reopens

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -
Pakistan army spokesman General Asim Bajwa speaks to the media regarding the Bacha Khan University attack in Peshawar, Pakistan January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz
Pakistan army spokesman General Asim Bajwa speaks to the media regarding the Bacha Khan University attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Jan. 23. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz)

Officials say a northwestern Pakistani university where Islamic terrorists gunned down 21 students and teachers last week has reopened for classes amid tight security.

University official Kabir Khan says classes at the Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsadda resumed on Monday. Police official Iqbal Khan says extra security measures are in place.

The terror attack last Wednesday triggered a gunbattle that lasted for hours until all four terrorists who took part in the raid were killed. The assault shocked the nation and raised grim memories of the December 2014 massacre in the nearby city of Peshawar where the Taliban killed 150, mostly children.

Over the weekend, Pakistani officials said they arrested five suspects on charges of facilitating the Charsadda assault, which was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction.