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Security personnel are still inside the school to control the situation, according to Dawn.

Most of the students are said to have been rescued but several gunmen remained at large inside the university.

An Edhi Foundation volunteer said he had seen the bodies of at least 15 persons.

One Rescue 1122 official said "the boys section [of the hostel] has been affected. Victims have mostly been hit by bullets."

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