2 troops held hostage by militant prisoners in Pakistan's Peshawar

09:52, August 29, 2010      

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At least two soldiers have been held hostage by militant prisoners inside a building near the U.S. consulate in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar while the confrontation between the gunmen and the security forces still lingers on since it broke out early Saturday morning, according to army sources and local media.

Earlier reports said that a shootout between unknown gunmen and security forces broke out at about 5:00 a.m. near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar. It later turned out that the gunmen were militant prisoners who have been held under investigation at an army detention center near the U.S. consulate in the city.

According to Major General Athar Abbas, the militant prisoners managed to overpower two guards while they were being interrogated and later occupied the building inside the detention center and held the two guards under hostage.

Sporadic firings were reported since a large number of security forces have surrounded the building. Helicopters were also called in to monitor the situation. Police and security forces have closed down all the roads leading to the site.

Police and security forces claimed that they have brought the situation under control. Currently the security forces seem to be hesitating at storming the building due to the concern over the security of the two guards who have fallen hostage in the hands of the militant prisoners.

Both the army and police have kept a tight lip about what is really going on inside the area where the incident took place. So far, it is still not known where there are any people injured or killed in the incident, though nearly nine hours have passed since the incident occurred.

Source: Xinhua


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