Sunday, October 11, 2009

Taliban gunmen take hostages at Pakistan's military HQ, push towards its nuclear arsenal

Four-to-five assailants were holding between 10 and 15 officers hostage in a building near the main gates of Pakistan's army headquarters in capital Saturday, Oct. 10 after an audacious invasion of the complex and gunfight in which at least eight soldier soldiers including a lieutenant general and four gunmen were killed. DEBKAfile reports that lodged in the HQ compound is the secret department in charge of securing Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

As the Taliban dressed as soldiers burst into the army HQ in Islamabad, Pakistani paramilitary forces battled a second group of insurgents to recover control of a road tunnel which connects the towns of Darra Adam Khel and Kohat in the North West Frontier Province.

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