Pakistani Army Rescues Student Hostages From Taliban

June 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The dozens of Pakistani students and staff taken hostage by heavily armed Taliban militants on Monday are now recovering from their ordeal in Bannu, Pakistan after being freed by the Pakistani army. The details of the rescue and the exact number of students freed are sketchy at this point.

What is known is that while the Taliban caravan of student buses were being taken to South Waziristan, the tribal enclave of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Pakistani army swarmed the Militants in a violent roadway clash and came out the victors.

The Militants escaped, but the army claims it rescued all 71 students and 9 staff members captured by the Taliban. However, Javed Iqbal Piracha who is head of the cadet college, claims 10 to 15 students still seem to be missing.

Brigadier Zahid Abdullah of the Pakistani military, who commanded the successful rescue operation, said he believes everyone was rescued. The students were rescued just in time, before the Militants had the chance to secret them away in the rugged terrain of South Waziristan, which is infested with Taliban Militants and Al-Qaeda operatives.

Brigadier Zahid Abdullah believes the Taliban intended to use the students as human shields.

The Pakistani Military have been engaged in a bloody battle to rid the Swat Valley region of Militant Taliban rebels and may soon find themselves doing battle on a second front in South Waziristan, as the militants increase their violent offensive.

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