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Taliban militants seize police station, take hostages in northwest Pakistan

In the unstable Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, the Taliban insurgents reportedly captured a counterterrorism facility on Sunday and kidnapped prisoners there.

At the installation of the Counter-Terrorism Department at Bannu Cantonment, a hostage situation is still ongoing, according to a representative.

Police claimed that the militants broke into the cantonment and released terrorists who were being held there.

Then, according to authorities, they grabbed control of a portion of the property and began holding CTD security guards hostage.

To the area that had been blocked off, the Pakistan Army personnel were sent right away. It has been requested that locals stay inside.

In a video they posted from within the CTD complex, the TTP terrorists asserted that nine police officers were being held hostage and wanted safe air transportation to Afghanistan in exchange for the release of the hostages.

However, according to Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif, special adviser to the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for information, some suspects detained on terrorism-related charges attempted to steal guns from security officials stationed at the scene.

“We have full control of the situation.” Security personnel have roped off the area, he said, noting that an operation was in progress and would soon be finished.

According to Dawn.com, which cited a senior police officer, about 25 members of prohibited terrorist organisations were being held and interrogated at the CTD centre when they kidnapped the seven security guards who were on duty and grabbed their firearms.

The event occurred after terrorists stormed a police station in Lakki Marwat, a tribal district bordering South Waziristan, early on Sunday morning, leaving four policemen dead and numerous others injured, according to officials.

The TTP, formed in 2007 as an umbrella organisation of various militant groups, revoked a truce reached with the federal government in June and gave orders to its militants to carry out terrorist strikes across the nation.

Assaults on military installations, the 2008 bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, and several other violent incidents around Pakistan have been attributed to the organisation, which is thought to be affiliated with al-Qaeda. In 2009, an attack occurred against the army headquarters.