Students Killed at Pakistani University

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

At least four people have been killed by two explosions on the campus of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Nearly two dozen people were also wounded. The attackers who executed the blasts, presumed to be suicide bombings, were also killed.

Police and witnesses say the explosions took place nearly simultaneously at a women's cafeteria and in the Islamic law department.

"I was near that office," one university student wrote on the BBC's website. "Two of my friends were injured, they were taken to the hospital. I am in shock. Now we are not even safe in our universities."

The university attack comes on the heels of the Pakistani army's offensive in South Waziristan.

"It seems that (militant) sympathizers or collaborators are doing this to divert attention from the military operation," the university's president Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui told The Associated Press. "They are trying to create panic in the capital city."

No one has taken credit for the attack.

The International Islamic University is home to over 12,000 students, according to its website. About 5,500 students are female.

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