U.S. and British officials are expressing confidence in Pakistan's
government after troops ended a bloody, day-long hostage standoff
inside the army's heavily guarded headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that although militants are increasingly threatening the authority of the Pakistani state, U.S. officials believe no militant takeover is imminent and the country's nuclear weapons remain safe.
Clinton spoke with reporters in London along with Britain's foreign secretary. David Miliband said officials have received no evidence of any threat to Pakistan's nuclear facilities.
Pakistani commandos freed 39 hostages earlier Sunday when they stormed an office building inside military headquarters, killing four militants and capturing another. Officials say three hostages and two soldiers also were killed during the rescue.
The assault began on Saturday, when gunmen wearing military camouflage attacked the army headquarters, killing six soldiers during a gunbattle at the main gate. Four attackers also were killed. Two others were captured, but several gunmen fled and took hostages in a nearby office building.
Funeral services were held Sunday for two senior Pakistani military officers killed during Saturday's attack.
No group has claimed responsibility. But Pakistani leaders blame the Taliban, and have vowed to press forward with a planned offensive against militants in the South Waziristan tribal region.
Last week, the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban threatened new attacks against military and government targets.
Since then, a suicide attack against the U.N. World Food Program office in Islamabad killed five people. On Friday, a suicide bombing at a market in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed at least 50 people.