Eight hostages freed in Rawalpindi; others still being held


Eight of the hostages held by Taliban militants, who stormed the Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi on Saturday, have been freed, a media report said.

Taliban terrorists, who earlier in the day launched an audacious attack on the Pakistan Army's General Headquarters, were holding 10-15 hostages including security personnel after a fierce gun battle in which a Brigadier and five other armymen were killed.

Eight of the hostages have been freed, Dawn news channel reported quoting military officials. No further details were available.

Earlier in the evening, military spokesperson Major General Athar Abbas said that four to five terrorists had taken 10-15 people hostage.

The release comes almost 12 hours after the attack on the headquarters began, when heavily armed militants dressed in military uniform came in a white van and opened fire when challenged by armymen at a check post near a cricket stadium outside the fortified General Headquarters.

Power supply had been cut off to the area where terrorists were holed up, reports said. The militants were holed up in the military intelligence office.

Dawn news quoted military officials as saying that they will not hold any negotiations with the militants. They also said they had not received any demands from the militants.

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