Suspected Taliban militants who attacked Pakistan’s army headquarters are thought to be holding between 10 and 15 hostages in nearby offices.The militants, dressed in combat fatigues, are said to have driven up to the gate of the heavily guarded complex near Islamabad and opened fire. A lengthy gun battle followed killing four of the attackers and six soldiers. The assault on the garrison city of Rawalpindi coincides with military preparations for a major offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda militants, in their northwestern stronghold on the Afghan border. It follows a suicide bomb at a UN Islamabad office on Monday and a car bomb that killed 49 people on Friday in the northern city of Peshawar. One Rawalpindi resident said: “Everyone in Pakistan is in danger at this time. Anyone leaving his house cannot be sure whether he will return home alive or not. This is the sort of environment that has been created.” The Pakistani government blames the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, the TTP, for the attacks.
Gunmen seize Pakistani soldiers from army HQ