Taliban Gunmen Take Hostages at Pakistan’s Military HQ



UPDATE: Pakistani security forces have launched an operation to free hostages being held by militants in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad. Military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told the BBC the operation had been a success with most hostages freed but he could not give casualty figures.

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Fifteen people have been taken hostage in a brazen terrorist attack on Pakistan’s main army headquarters. Six soldiers are reported to have died in a shootout as suspected Taliban terrorists took over the facility.

Aleem Maqbool from BBC News in Islamabad points out in his analysis, the army’s main headquarters lies within one of the most heavily secured areas in the country.

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