Pakistani commandoes storm army base, free hostages

Pakistan troops flushout militants freeing more than 25 hostages

Explosions and gunfire were heard from inside the premises when the troops moved into the building shortly before dawn. Ambulances were later seen rushing to the nearest hospital.

"The operation is reaching to its logical conclusion," said Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas. "Around 25 of the hostages have been freed and four terrorists killed."

He said there were some casualties among the hostages but did not provide details. He said that "the situation will be clear hopefully" within 30 minutes.

Militants took more than two dozen soldiers and civilian employees on the Army base captive inside a security office near the compound, in a daring midday Saturday raid that left six soldiers, a passer-by and four attackers dead.

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