Two commandos of Pakistan Army’s Special Service Group (SSG) have been martyred while all terrorists have been killed as the siege of CTD’s detention centre in Bannu concludes, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed on Tuesday.
سی ٹی ڈی کمپاؤنڈ بنوں میں کیے گئے آپریشن میں تمام ’دہشت گرد‘ مارے جا چکے ہیں اور احاطے کو کلیئر کرکے تمام یرغمالیوں کو رہا کروا لیا گیا ہے۔
آپریشن میں دو جوانوں کی جان گئی ہے جب کہ 10 سے 15 جوانوں سمیت ایک افسر زخمی ہوا ہے، وزیر دفاع خواجہ آصفhttps://t.co/xsc9x2hu9l pic.twitter.com/YJYAIbc0m5
— Naya Daur Urdu (@nayadaurpk_urdu) December 20, 2022
Speaking in the National Assembly, the minister said 10 to 15 commandos – part of the unit that was deployed in the operation in Bannu cantonment – sustained injuries.
He apprised the House that one of the 33 terrorists detained inside the compound had snatched a weapon from one of the employees, initiating a hostage situation.
“The entire [CTD] compound was cleared by 2:30pm,” he maintained.
Asif termed the incident a clear sign of the total collapse of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
Operation launched against militants who held officials hostage in #Bannu. Thick black smoke billowing to the sky from Cant area. Locals pic.twitter.com/YeriGfTI8n
— Rehmat Mehsud (@RehmatMehsuds) December 20, 2022
On Sunday afternoon, militants took hold of one of the provincial counterterrorism department’s internment facilities in Bannu’s well-guarded cantonment area.
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed that its militants were responsible for overpowering their “captors” in a “secret detention facility” in the city. Its leaders issued audio messages to the hostage-takers “congratulating” them on this “brave act”.
#TTP's Umar Media just released 8min49sec duration video containing message from TTP emir Mufti Abu Mansoor Asim aka Noor Wali Mehsud on the "courageous act" of militants who were "incarcerated in CTD's secret torture cells" in #BannuCantt. pic.twitter.com/AK4vQtQfHZ
— Shemrez Nauman Afzal (@shemrez) December 20, 2022
Electricity, along with internet and cellular services, were also shut following the incident.
In another incident in the province’s North Waziristan district yesterday, a soldier and two civilians were martyred while another person was injured in a suicide blast.
شمالی وزیرستان میں حافظ گل بہادر گروپ سے تعلق رکھنے وقاص داوڑ نے سیکیورٹی فورسز کی گاڑی پہ خودکش حملہ کیا۔ خودکش حملے میں عابد نامی فوجی سمیت 3 افراد ہلاک ہوگئے۔#NorthWaziristan #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/hVAhf37xDV
— Shabbir Hussain Turi (@ShabbirTuri) December 19, 2022
A statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that the 33-year-old soldier hailed from Mansehra.
A soldier identified as Naik Abid and two civilians lost their lives in a suicide blast in Northern Waziristan’s Miran Shah area, says the ISPR, Pakistani military’s media wing, in a statement.
— Roohan Ahmed (@Roohan_Ahmed) December 19, 2022