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Pakistani military arrests 5 in university attack

23 January 2016, 17:00

Peshawar — A Pakistani army spokesman says the military has arrested five suspects on charges of facilitating a deadly militant attack on a university that killed 21, mostly students, in the country's northwest.

Islamic militants stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on January 20, killing students and teachers, and triggering a gunbattle that lasted for hours. Lt. Gen Asim Salim Bajwa said Saturday that the suspects provided the attackers with shelter, transport and weapons.

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Bajwa said another three suspects, including two women, are still at large.

A splinter faction of the Taliban claimed responsibility and has threatened similar attacks. However the main Taliban organization denied any involvement.

- AP

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