Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pakistani commandoes storm army base, free hostages (Second lead)

RAWALPINDI - Pakistani commandoes stormed a building Sunday morning in an army compound here, freeing more than two dozen hostages held by militants, an Army spokesman said.

Explosions and gunfire were heard from inside the premises when the troops moved into the building shortly before dawn. Ambulances were later seen rushing to the nearest hospital.
“The operation is reaching to its logical conclusion,” said Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas. “Around 25 of the hostages have been freed and four terrorists killed.”
He said there were some casualties among the hostages but did not provide details. He said that “the situation will be clear hopefully” within 30 minutes.
Militants took more than two dozen soldiers and civilian employees on the Army base captive inside a security office near the compound, in a daring midday Saturday raid that left six soldiers, a passer-by and four attackers dead.

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