Two explosions and gunshots were heard inside Pakistan’s military headquarters near Islamabad early Sunday, an AFP reporter said.
Militants were Sunday holding up to 15 people hostage near Islamabad after a brazen bid to storm the headquarters left six soldiers and four attackers dead, officials said.
Up to ten suspected Taliban gunmen in military uniform armed with automatic weapons and grenades drove up to the compound just before midday Saturday and shot their way through one checkpost in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.
Four militants were killed at a second post but the rest fled during the fierce firefight, barricading themselves into an office just outside the compound, where gunfire continued to ring out as soldiers swarmed the area.
The siege in the heart of Pakistan’s military establishment comes as militant attacks surge, with analysts saying the Taliban are trying to deter an imminent army offensive into their tribal stronghold along the Afghan border.