15 attackers take policemen hostages, demand passage to Afghanistan
BANNU: At least two Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials were martyred and many more injured after militants overpowered interrogators, snatched an AK-47 rifle, and opened fire inside the CTD police station in Bannu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday afternoon, police said.
The Bannu district police officer told that the militants released other suspects detained in the building and took control of the compound, taking several policemen hostage. He added that later the authorities surrounded the entire Bannu cantonment.
There was no attack from outside. A miscreant snatched a rifle from the police during the investigation and overpowered the guards stationed at the building. DPO Banu Dr. Iqbal told the Media that he then released all the suspects detained in the building and who took control of the compound.
They have also taken many police officers hostage. They have control of the building and we have surrounded the entire Bannu cantonment. The DPO added that they have been kept busy through negotiations. “We have our own plans that cannot be shared with the media at this time.”
Meanwhile, the militants have reportedly released at least three videos in which they can be seen armed with AK-47 rifles and medium machine guns. In one video, he showed a hostage and demanded the security forces provide him with a helicopter to get him safely to Afghanistan. Videos could not be verified.
Earlier, two police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said about 15 militants took control of the center after overpowering their interrogators, snatching their weapons, and killing five or six of them. taken hostage, he added, adding that the terrorists were trying to negotiate. Safe passage to Afghanistan.
In Peshawar, K-P government officials said that the situation was under complete control and efforts were being made to foil the evil intentions of the criminals. “There has been no infiltration in Bannu Cantonment,” a K-P government spokesperson said.
Under interrogation, militants snatched weapons from the interrogators and released more prisoners, who have all been surrounded. An operation was under way against the miscreants which would be completed soon, Special Assistant to K-P Chief Minister for Information Barrister Saif said.