Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan just suffered a horrific, violent attack as gunmen suspected to be with the Taliban killed at least 20 people and wounded 51.
One of the victims was 34-year-old chemistry professor Syed Hamid Hussain. Two students spoke out about his heroic attempts to save them from the gunfire.
Hussain was carrying a pistol, and told students not to leave the building, according to Geology student Zahoor Ahmed.
“I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall,” Ahmed said. Other students say they saw Hussain fire at attackers in an attempt to fight back.
Waqar Ali told Agence France-Presse that Hussain "would always help the students and he was the one who knew all their secrets... He was referred to by students as 'The Protector.'”
A deluge of tweets confirmed Ahmed and Ali’s perception of the professor—Pakistanis referred to him as a “martyr” and a “hero.”
Pakistan has lost an asset today... RIP Dr Hamid...He was a PhD in organic chemistry and imparting knowledge to the future of Pakistan— Bissmah Mehmüd (@bissmahmehmud) January 20, 2016
According to Yahoo News, “Umar Mansoor, a commander of the Hakimullah Mehsud faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack…Security forces believe Mansoor was the mastermind behind a similar attack on an army-run school in nearby Peshawar in 2014 that left more than 150 people dead.”
However, TPP’s central leadership has called the attack “un-Islamic” and claims it “disassociates itself completely.”
Officials say they have knowledge of the faces and fingerprints of the attackers. “We hope we will soon identify them,” an anonymous security official commented.
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