Despite over 15 hours passing, negotiations between the government and militants who had seized the Bannu Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) compound the day before failed to produce any significant progress.
On Sunday, terrorists who were incarcerated within the CTD facility seized control of the building, kidnapped the interrogators, and requested a safe escape to Afghanistan.
As police and security organizations fenced off the cantonment area, where the facility is located, and advised locals to remain inside, the situation in Bannu remained tense on Monday. Additionally, local mobile and internet services were shut off.
The attack was attributed to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a banned organization. A militant group’s spokesperson claimed in a statement that its militants had kidnapped CTD employees and security personnel.
Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Special Assistant to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister (SACM), stated that the situation was at a halt and that no progress had been made as of now.