Pakistani troops storm army HQ, rescue 39 hostages in bloody raid

October 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — After a  22 hour standoff, Pakistani army commandos raided the building and freed more than 30 hostages from their Islamist militant captures in a dramatic dawn raid today. Three hostages, two soldiers and four suspected Taliban militants were killed were killed in the final raid.  One militant whom the army identified as the ringleader, Dr Usman, was captured alive and was being treated for his wounds.
Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said  the daring raid was necessary as “The militants had suicide jackets, improvised explosive devices, grenades…. They wanted to blow up all the hostages and cause maximum damage.”  Troops went in at about 6:00 am and met resistance from five militants armed with suicide vests and barricaded in the building in the city, which adjoins Islamabad.  “Thirty-nine hostages were rescued and three were killed,” Abbas told AFP, adding that the captives were shot dead by the militants.

The siege came after heavily-armed militants wearing military uniforms and wielding assault rifles and grenades tried to storm Pakistan’s army headquarters on Saturday, sparking a deadly gun battle.  At least eight soldiers and four of the assailants were killed in the initial authorities said.


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