Taliban Militants Seize Counter-Terrorism Centre in Pakistan

19 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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At the Bannu cantonment in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hostages are being held by Taliban militants after they captured a police station on Sunday.

According to media reports, Taliban terrorists took control of a police station and held captives on Sunday in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

According to a Pakistani police official, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members broke into the Bannu cantonment in the unresting province and released wanted terrorists who were being held captive.

They then grabbed possession of a portion of the property and began holding counterterrorism department (CTD) security guards hostage.

According to Bannu police spokesman Muhammad Naseeb, “it’s not clear if the terrorists assaulted from the outside or if they took the ammunition from workers inside” after their detention.

According to police, there is currently a hostage scenario at the CTD installation. The compound was quickly surrounded by security personnel and Pakistan Army troops.

Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif, the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s special communications assistant, claimed the situation is under control.

The Taliban insurgents claimed that nine police officers were held hostage in a video they posted from within the CTD facility, and they demanded safe air travel to Afghanistan in exchange for the release of the hostages.

The event happened after terrorists stormed a police station in Lakki Marwat, a tribal district bordering South Waziristan, early on Sunday morning. The attack left four officers dead and as many injured, according to a report from a news agency.

A truce reached with the Pakistani government in June was broken by the TTP last month, and its fighters were instructed to carry out terrorist strikes across the nation.