Brave teacher pays ultimate price for taking on attackers
THE death toll from a shooting attack at a university in north-western Pakistan has risen to more than 20.
Armed militants stormed the Bacha Khan University campus near the city of Peshawar and opened fire on staff and students on Wednesday.
Authorities said most of those killed were students.
Dozens were injured in the attack.
Police said all the four gunmen were killed before they could detonate suicide vests.
Security forces launched an operation to rescue staff and students and cleared the campus after several hours.
Agence France-Presse reported that a 27-year-old assistant chemistry professor fired pistol shots at two of the attackers as they neared a classroom and was engaged in a gun battle before being shot dead.
Those actions reportedly gave some students enough time to escape.
According to reports the attack was initially claimed by a Taliban faction, but the Pakistani Taliban's official spokesman later said the group was not involved.