Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pakistan: Four dead in brazen attack on Pakistan's army HQ

Reuters reports four suspected militants dressed in army uniforms have attacked Pakistan's army headquarters killing four guards and triggering a gun battle in which the gunmen died.

The attack on the tightly guarded headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi came as the army prepares a major offensive against Pakistani Taliban militants in their northwestern stronghold on the Afghan border.

The gunmen drove in a white van to a main gate at the sprawling complex, and opened fire and threw at least one grenade when challenged, security officials said.

The gunmen then exchanged fire with soldiers for about 40 minutes.

"The situation is under control ... all the gunmen have been killed", army spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas later told Geo Television.

Four guards at the gate's checkpost were killed, he said.
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