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Dozens feared dead as gunmen attack Pakistan university

As many as 40 people are feared to have been killed after gunmen attacked the Bacha Khan University in northwest Pakistan and opened fire.

Police said 21 people had so far been confirmed dead, according to the Agence France Presse news agency, with dozens more injured.

It comes a year after terrorists attacked a school in nearby Peshawar, leaving 148 dead.

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Malala 'heartbroken' by attack on Pakistan university

Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in 2012 while campaigning for female education in Pakistan. Credit: Ian West / PA Wire/PA Images

Nobel-prize winner Malala Yousafzai has said she is "heartbroken by the attack on students and staff at the Bacha Khan University" which may have killed up to 40 people.

In a statement, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban for her views on female education, "strongly condemned" the attack.

I am heartbroken by the attack on students and staff at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and strongly condemn this brutal assault. My prayers are with the families of all the victims and all those who suffer as a result of extremist violence.

This brutality must be stopped. The authorities must act to ensure that all schools and universities are safe. I urge all people with peace in their hearts to renew their resolve to stand up to terrorism and ignorance and work together to protect life and learning.

This attack happened on the 28th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ghaffar Khan who was a great freedom fighter, a man of peace. I hope his message of non-violence and harmony will prevail and end intolerance in our society.

– Malala Yousafzai

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