Two SSG Commandos Martyred As Bannu Operation Concludes

Two SSG Commandos Martyred As Bannu Operation Concludes
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.

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.

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".

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.

A statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that the 33-year-old soldier hailed from Mansehra.