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Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa Pakistan

Third day of the Bannu hostage situation continues with no progress in talks.

Today will be a closed day for all public and private educational institutions in the area.

BANNU: On Tuesday, the hostage situation at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) police station in Khyber-Bannu Pakhtunkhwa’s district entered its third day as negotiations to end the standoff with the militants stalled.

The deputy commissioner Bannu declared that all public and private educational institutions in the district will be closed today because no progress was made and the atmosphere in the town is still severe.All roads leading to Bannu Cantt have been blocked off to traffic, and police officers are stationed at the barriers. Additionally, the district’s cellular network has been shut down by authorities.

In the CTD police station in Bannu on Sunday, a terrorist reportedly overpowered questioners, stole an AK-47 rifle, and started shooting, leading to the martyrdom of two CTD officers and the injury of numerous others.

Around 20 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists are camped out in the heavily guarded cantonment area where security forces have surrounded the facility after they took control of it.

The attackers wanted to bargain for a safe route to Afghanistan. However, the atmosphere remained tense as Monday’s discussions with the militants ended in failure.

After an unsuccessful attempt to liberate them, the hostages were still being held, according to a senior government official. “They want us to provide them safe passage via a ground route or by air. They want to take all the hostages with them and release them later on the Afghan border or inside Afghanistan,” said the DPO