KARACHI: Militants seized a counter-terrorism department in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday and took hostages to demand the Pakistani government a safe deportation to Afghanistan. One policeman and a soldier were injured when a militant opened fire in the deadlock that continued till evening.
A police spokesperson, Muhammad Naseeb said, “It’s not clear if the terrorists attacked from outside, or if they snatched the ammunition from staff inside”.
Later, the compound has been taken over by the security personnel. The official said that the militants were looking to cross for Afghanistan. About 15 militants took over the center getting control of their weapons and taking around five to six of them as hostage. Security forces have started their operation to clear the area. The area is facing internet suspension and is on high alert.
Pakistan is currently facing an insurgency by the banned organization, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The TTP affiliates with the Taliban in Afghanistan trying to negotiate talks between the Pakistani government and TTP. However, an official responsibility claim from the terrorist organization is yet to be made.
An attack on a police station in Lakki Marwat
A similar attack targeted and killed policemen at the police station in Bargai village in Lakki Marwat, district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday. Four policemen were martyred and four were injured.
A police official said automatic weapons, hand grenades and fired rockets were used in the crossfire. The stand-off continued for over half an hour. This becomes the fourth attack on the police in the region from the past month. On 16th November a police van was targeted that killed six cops. Later, an operation was launched by the Pakistan Army in the area of Lakki Marwat.
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