Taliban storm Pak army HQ

10 killed; operation on to secure 10-15 people held hostage by ultras

Taliban storm Pak army HQ


Police commandos take position after an attack on the entrance of army headquarters in Rawalpindi on Saturday. AFP

According to a media report,  the militants held 10-15 people, including security personnel, hostage and later released eight of them.
No other details were available.

The hostages include some civilian employees in the army headquarters.

At least eight militants armed with assault rifles and grenades, came in a white van and opened fire when they were challenged by the armymen at a check post near a cricket stadium outside the fortified General Headquarters at 11.30 am. The army initially claimed that the situation was under control. Earlier in the night, Chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said four to five terrorists were holding about 10 to 15 security personnel and civilian employees hostage in the building. Abbas said troops were taking steps to “save as many lives as possible”. Asked if the terrorists holed up inside the building had made any demands, Abbas said: “This is too sensitive an issue and I can’t share details with the media right now”.


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