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School children taken hostage

January 29 2008

250 schoolchildren were taken hostage in a school in Pakistan. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in a village near the town of Karak Domeyl. Building a primary school for boys, which dwelt on different data, from 5 to 7 bandits were surrounded by police and security forces. Armed criminals have already released the hostages and security forces cordoned off the area took off the ring, to meet their requirements.

As reported initially, the criminals who have taken hostage one of the pupils in primary schools in the north-west of the country, were Pakistani Islamists. However, later police said it was just criminals. According to local authorities, the prisoners were dozens of children, says the agency France-Presse.

"The building of a primary school for boys in which entrenched militants, surrounded by police and security forces" The incident occurred in a village near the town of Karak Domeyl. School in which children were captured, is located near the tribal areas, where they found shelter hundreds of Islamists, at one time fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, which gave reason to make assumptions about a terrorist capture.

In this area, stronghold of tribal militias associated with the group al-Qaida.

Police said several criminals on Monday near the city stole the representative of the Ministry of Health, after which police began to chase them. In the ensuing firefight killed one member of the group and wounded a police officer. Hostage managed to escape.

Then the criminals entered the school and took hostages were there 250 children and teachers, reports Reuters.

According to the Pakistani minister, the hostages were from 200 to 250 people. Authorities suggest that the school captured seven militants. However, according to Sky News, bandgruppirovka has five people.

According to Pakistani Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz, the militants demanded safe passage.

At the present time, armed Islamists have already begun to release the hostages and security forces have removed the cordon ring, to meet demands of terrorists, according to Reuters.

The militants surrendered to tribal elders, who led negotiations with them, France Press reports, citing the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Victims and survivors do not, according to Look.


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