No less than two policemen had been killed and plenty of others injured when Pakistani Taliban militants seized a counter-terrorism centre and took some folks hostage within the Bannu district of Pakistan’s troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
One of many militants, who had been arrested and being interrogated at Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) police station contained in the cantonment, on Sunday snatched an AK-47 from the police and opened hearth.
He then freed different suspects being held on the constructing who took management of the compound. Additionally they took a number of policemen hostage.
The state of affairs continues to be tense 17 hours after the incident as a navy operation is happening.
Two policemen had been killed within the taking pictures, sources stated.
Akram Khan Durrani, a former chief minister of the province, and sitting provincial minister Malik Shah Muhammad have reached Bannu to provoke talks with the militants.
Each Durrani and Muhammad hail from Bannu.
Militants have demanded the safety forces to offer them with a helicopter to achieve Afghanistan safely.
Mohammad Iqbal, the District Police Officer (DPO) Bannu, stated that there was no assault from exterior and one of many militants snatched the rifle from police throughout interrogation and neutralised the guards deployed on the constructing, The Categorical Tribune newspaper reported.
“They’re accountable for the constructing and we have now cordoned off the whole Bannu cantonment,” he added.
The Web companies within the Bannu cantonment have been suspended.
Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a press release stated that a number of of its members had been amongst those that took Bannu CTD Employees hostage.
It requested the federal government to shift prisoners both to South or North Waziristan the place the TTP has hideouts in any other case military shall be accountable for all damages.
Earlier, a video launched by the TTP militants from contained in the CTD compound claimed that 9 police personnel had been of their captivity and demanded secure passage to Afghanistan by air in trade for the discharge of the hostages.
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