Islamabad under Red Alert :: Taliban Gunmen hold hostages in Pak army headquarters :: GHQ under Terrorist Control, 12 dead in Clash


Gunmen hold hostages in Pak army headquarters

Pakistan’s army says up to five militants are holding hostage between 10 and 15 security officers inside its headquarters.

 Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas says no army or intelligence leaders are among those being held Saturday.

 The militants slipped into the complex after they and others attacked it, sparking a gunbattle that killed four assailants and six soldiers.

 Uniformed gunmen attack Pak army HQ, leave 12 deadcomb5i

 A team of gunmen wearing military uniforms and wielding assault rifles and grenades attacked Pakistan’s army headquarters Saturday, sparking a ferocious gunbattle outside the capital that killed four assailants and six soldiers.  

Two of the attackers managed to infiltrate the heavily fortified compound in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, and troops were trying to flush them out hours after the initial assault, an intelligence official said.

 An Associated Press reporter at the scene heard four gunshots from inside the compound – long after an army spokesman said the situation was under control. The audacious assault was the third major militant attack in Pakistan in a week and came as the government said it was planning an imminent offensive against Islamist militants in their strongholds in the rugged mountains along the border with Afghanistan.
GHQ-attack-316 It showed that the militants retain the ability to strike at the very heart of Pakistan’s security apparatus despite recent military operations against their forces and the killing of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA drone attack in August.

 Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas initially said troops had killed all four attackers, ending the assault. But at least two more gunmen had slipped into the headquarters compound and eluded security forces for several hours, according to an intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.Tehreek-e-Taliban has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack on the Pakistan Army’s Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Saturday, which left four of its militants and eight soldiers dead, and demanded a halt in ongoing military campaign in the NWFP.

 Troops were closing in on the men and trying to capture or kill them, the official said. The fighting killed eight soldiers, he said.

Pak Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Army HQ

 The Amjad Farooqi group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella grouping claimed that it was behind the audacious attack and demanded that former President Pervez Musharraf be put on trial.

 The group took the responsibility in a telephone call made to Geo News. They also asked for closure of all Western NGOs and expulsion of US private security firm Blackwater.

 The Taliban’s hand in the frontal assault on the Pakistan Army Headquarters comes amid reports that the security forces are on the brink of launching a major attack on its stronghold of South Waziristan.

Earlier in the week, Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq had warned the military of a “harsh response” if it launched an offensive in Waziristan.

A resident of southern Punjab, Farooqi is believed to have close ties with the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and al-Qaeda.

Security forces have surrounded the terrorists. We are trying to recover the hostages safely,’ said General Athar Abbas.

ISLAMABAD: Several gunmen who escaped after the attack Saturday morning on the Pakistan army HQ near Islamabad had taken some security personnel hostage and were encircled by troops, a military spokesman said.91APP010-26-600

Army Spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said 4-5 militants were holed up in the security agency’s building and they had taken 10-15 hostages. ‘Efforts are under way for their safe recovery,’ said the spokesman.

‘Security forces have surrounded the terrorists. We are trying to recover the hostages safely,’ he added.

Coutrsey—AFP/DawnNews/Indian Express. 

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