Militants staged a bold attack Saturday on Pakistan's army
headquarters, killing at least six soldiers and taking 10 to 15
The military says four militants died in a gunfight that followed the
attack Saturday in Rawalpindi, near the capital, Islamabad, and
security forces later found two other gunmen who had escaped.
A military spokesman, Major General Athar Abbas, says efforts are
underway to free hostages being held by four or five assailants in a
building near the headquarters.
Abbas said the attack started when gunmen in military camouflage drove
up to the heavily fortified army compound and began firing.
No group has claimed responsibility. But Pakistani leaders have blamed
the Taliban and vowed to start a new offensive against militants in the
country's tribal regions.
On Friday, at least 50 people died in a suicide attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack a few days ago on a U.N. building in Islamabad that killed five people.
Pakistan's Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira says such attacks
show militants are worried about the military focusing its offensive on
their stronghold in the South Waziristan tribal region.