Greater than 30 Pakistan Taliban have been holding a number of officers hostage on Monday after breaking free from custody and seizing a police station, officers mentioned.
Members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group — separate from the Afghan Taliban however with an analogous hardline Islamist ideology — overpowered their jailers on Sunday and snatched weapons.
The Taliban, held on suspicion of terrorism, are demanding protected passage to Afghanistan, Muhammad Ali Saif, a spokesman for the provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities, mentioned in a press release late Sunday.
A senior authorities official in Bannu, the place the incident unfolded close to the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan’s previously self-governed tribal areas, mentioned hostages have been nonetheless being held after a failed operation to free them.
“Through the interrogation, a few of them snatched weapons from the policemen and later took the whole employees hostage,” he advised AFP on Monday, talking on situation of anonymity.
“They need us to offer them protected passage through a floor route or by air. They need to take all of the hostages with them and to launch them afterward the Afghan border or inside Afghanistan.”
Pakistani officers have requested the federal government in Kabul to assist with the discharge of hostages, he added.
A second authorities official advised AFP that “virtually no progress” had been made by Monday night.
The TTP claimed duty for the incident and demanded authorities present protected passage to frame areas.
“In any other case, the whole duty of the state of affairs can be on the navy,” the TTP mentioned in a press release.
A video posted to social media, which the federal government official confirmed to be from the scene, confirmed a gaggle of armed males, with one threatening to kill all of the hostages.
He mentioned they’d at the least eight hostages, together with police and navy employees.
The TTP emerged in 2007 and carried out a horrific wave of violence in Pakistan, with violence decreasing after a navy operation that started in 2014.
Assaults are on the rise once more because the Afghan Taliban seized management of Kabul final 12 months, nonetheless, with most concentrating on safety forces.
A shaky months-long ceasefire between the TTP and Islamabad ended final month.
In 2012 and 2013, dozens of closely armed Taliban freed greater than 600 prisoners, together with hardcore militants, throughout two subtle in a single day assaults on a jail in Bannu.
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