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PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistani security forces have launched an operation on Tuesday to free hostages from local Taliban militants at a highly fortified counter-terrorism center in the country’s northwest, three sources said Reuters. told to

There were six security officials and several prisoners inside the center, said the source, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Militants took over the center on Sunday.

Security forces surround a military garrison housing an interrogation center in the town of Bannu, where about 20 fighters of the Islamist and sectarian affiliated group Terik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) there is a member – Trapped.

Local residents said they heard an explosion near the center on Tuesday.

The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pakistani authorities started talks on Monday to resolve the standoff with militants.

TTP has stepped up its attacks since announcing this. End of Taliban-brokered ceasefire in Afghanistan Along with the government last month, it has long used violence to take over the country and bolster its own tough brand of Islam.Reuters Pakistani security forces launch operation to rescue hostages from militants

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