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Commandos storm Pakistani army HQ and free hostages

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Commandos storm Pakistani army HQ and free hostages


Soldiers who were being held hostage inside Pakistan´s army headquarters in Rawalpindi have been freed.

In an audacious attack on Saturday suspected Taliban militants stormed the heavily guarded complex. 10 people were killed including two ranking officers. Military officials say the attackers were overcome in a commando raid. 25 hostages have been freed and three were killed, along with their four captors. The event is being seen as a warning to the military that its planned offensive on the insurgents stronghold along the Afghan border would be met with attacks against targets across Pakistan. The attack follows a series of bombings in north-western Pakistan. On Friday at least 50 people died in a blast in Peshawar. A Rawalpindi resident said: “This is really a very dangerous incident. If this is the situation at the army headquarters, despite the tight security there, then it´s going to be tough for the ordinary citizen.” The United States has been pushing Pakistan to take strong action against insurgents using its soil as a base for attacks in Afghanistan.

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