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 dead
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.
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 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.
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.