This is not the first attack on a university in Pakistan.
In 2014, at least six Taliban militants had attacked an army-run school in Peshawar that left around 141 people dead. Sanctuary on the Pakistan side and presence on the Afghan side remain a security challenge for both countries and pose a threat to regional security and stability.
Ghafoor added that Afghanistan's director general of military operations was now in Pakistan and that the issue would be taken up with him.
In the firefight that ensued, they were confronted by police and paramilitary troops, who killed all the assailants. They shot and wounded a security guard and then moved toward the dormitory, according to Islam Zeb, the deputy commissioner of Peshawar. Some were in critical condition, authorities said.
"Our mujahids have attacked the building because it was used as office for ISI".
Those injured in the attack include a gatekeeper, journalist of a Channel-24 channel, two students among others. The clearance operation was launched afterwards.
Information for this article was contributed by Ishtiaq Mahsud of The Associated Press.
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