Day 3: Security forces launch operation at Bannu CTD centre to rescue hostages – Pakistan

Security forces on Tuesday launched an operation to rescue hostages taken by the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants three days after the latter besieged a Counter-Terrorism Depart­ment (CTD) centre in Bannu.

Late Sunday, the militants held in the CTD centre took control of the building and took a number of law enforcers hostage. They had demanded safe passage to Afghanistan.

Footage aired on TV on Tuesday showed plumes of smoke rising in the air from the CTD compound. Reuters reported locals as saying they heard explosions coming from the vicinity of the centre. was able to confirm that an operation is currently under way.

The development comes amid a spate of terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Four policemen were martyred when terrorists attacked a police station in Lakki Marwat — a district of Bannu division — on Sunday.

On Monday, an Intelligence Bureau sub-inspector was gunned down in Peshawar, while a suicide attack in North Waziristan claimed the lives of a soldier and two civilians. In Balochistan, back-to-back bombings in Khuzdar injured 20 yesterday.

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