Terror attack targets university in Pakistan

  • At least 19 people have been killed after gunmen stormed the Bacha Khan University in the north west city of Charsadda. 

  • Umar Mansoor, a commander from the Pakistani Taliban said four of its suicide attackers were responsible but a spokesperson for the group disputed his claim. +

  • Local reports say the attackers used the cover of thick winter fog to make their way into the university

  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said those who carried out the attack 'have no religion' and said his government would 'eliminate them'.

Staff from Afghan TV station killed in Kabul bombing

  • Tolo TV, a commercial broadcast in Afghanistan that runs a 24 hour news channel, says that six of its staff were killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a minibus in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday evening. 

  • An interior ministry spokesperson told NBC News that four of the seven people killed were women and that up to 27 people had been wounded. 

  • The Afghan Taliban has previously threatened Tolo. 

  • Bob Dietz, the Committee to Protect Journalists' Asia programme director, said the attack was 'a direct assault on the very foundation of Afghan democracy' and said it highlighted the 'fragility of Afghan security under which journalists must operate'. *