A First Information Report was registered by police today against members of a lynch mob that brutally assaulted two university students ─ killing one and injuring another over alleged blasphemy in Mardan yesterday.

Mardan District Police Officer Mian Saeed said the FIR has been lodged in Sheikh Maltoon Police Station against 20 suspects, of which eight have been arrested.

He said the suspects were identified through video footage of the incident, while the police have formed three teams to arrest the remaining suspects.

According to police Abdul Wali Khan University students Mashal Khan and Abdullah were targeted by a violent mob on campus premises on Thursday, that killed Mashal and injured Abdullah for allegedly “Publishing Blasphemous Content Online”.

The campus was shut down following the incident until further notice and its hostels vacated to avoid a further escalation of violence.

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