Gunmen hold hostages in Pakistan army headquarters
By ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press Writer Asif Shahzad, Associated Press Writer – 5 mins agoRAWALPINDI, Pakistan – Militants held several security officers hostage inside an intelligence wing of the army headquarters Saturday after they and others attacked the complex in an audacious assault on Pakistan's most powerful institution.The attack, which left at least 10 people dead, was the third major militant strike in Pakistan in a week and came as the government was planning an imminent offensive against Islamist militants in their strongholds in the rugged mountains along the border with Afghanistan.It showed that the militants retain the ability to strike at the very heart of Pakistan's security apparatus despite recent military operations against their forces and the killing of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA drone attack in August.An army statement said more than two assailants were holding several officers hostage in the "security office building" inside the heavily fortified complex close to the capital. The army uses that term to refer to the headquarters of either the military intelligence or the country's premier spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence.
Can the Taliban fight a three-front war or is there much more in play here than Taliban or al-Qaeda? We know the answer to that but it's almost verbotten to observe that Arabs are training militants anywhere they can. How many young Saudis have flocked to the NW territories? I don't know but the zeal for jihad is still there. These people are very busy in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the horn of Africa and with the tide seeming to turn in Afpakistan, the young hotheads of the Islamic whirled may smell blood in the water.