Pakistan: Pakistani security forces have recaptured an anti-terrorist center in the northwestern city of Bannu. Here a group of officers were taken hostage by members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Addressing a National Assembly on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said, according to Dawn newspaper, “all terrorists” of the TTP who were held hostage at a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) center in Bannu, in a military operation were killed. Dawn reports that a total of 33 terrorists were killed in the operation, during which two commandos of the Pakistan Army were killed.
Pakistan special forces end police station siege in city of Bannu
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firing on defense personnel
In fact, on Sunday, more than two dozen TTP fighters took guns from seven security personnel on duty at Bannu police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and took them hostage. The militants also fired at the security personnel. It was told that a CTD personnel and a soldier were injured in this. It is worth mentioning that earlier amid rising militancy in Pakistan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had expressed concern about terrorist activities emanating from Afghanistan and said that this increase “represents a threat to neighboring countries”.
Activities of terrorist organizations stopped
The UN chief said during a press briefing in 2014 that “Well, there are a number of clear things that we believe the Taliban should deliver, both from the point of view of the interests of the international community and from the point of view of the interests of Afghanistan itself.” He had said that, “There is another clear demand from the international community, which is for Afghanistan to stop all kinds of activities of terrorist organizations, which pose threat to neighboring countries including Pakistan from Afghanistan.”