The Union of Students in Ireland extends their condolences to the families and friends of the young people who lost their lives this morning in Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. At least 21 people have been killed and over 60 are injured after unidentified gunmen stormed the university. USI stands in solidarity with the students affected by these unwarranted attacks and shares in the sorrow of all who are grieving.
“Our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of the young people who lost their lives this morning.” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said, “The deaths of so many young people can only be described as a tragedy.”
A security official told Reuters that the death toll could rise to as high as 40 as the army cleared out student hostels and classrooms. A spokesman for the rescue workers said the dead included students, guards, policemen and at least one professor.
Vice Chancellor Fazal Rahim told Reuters that the university teaches over 3,000 students. USI urges all governments to oppose all forms of terrorism and to ensure that educational institutes are protected in dispersing knowledge and cultural understanding and diversity.
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