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COAS lauds high morale of injured soldiers, officers of Bannu operation

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release, the COAS remained with them for some time and inquired about their well-being.

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Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) General Syed Asim Munir on Wednesday visited CMH Rawalpindi and met officers and soldiers who got injured during CTD complex Bannu operation.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release, the COAS remained with them for some time and inquired about their well-being.

The army chief appreciated their high spirits and morale and lauded their professionalism during the said operation against the terrorists.

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Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Ahmed Sharif Chaudhry, while sharing details of the hostage operation on Tuesday, said that security forces stormed the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) compound in Bannu, killing 25 terrorists, arresting two and forcing seven to surrender.

A junior commissioned officer and two sepoys were martyred while 10 soldiers, including three officers, were injured in the action.

Speaking in the Geo News programme Aapas Ki Baat, the military spokesperson said that on December 18, a detained terrorist overpowered the duty constable, snatched his weapon and freed 34 other terrorists, adding they grabbed more weapons from the armoury and started firing.

A CTD constable was martyred while another was injured and died at a hospital, he told the anchorperson.

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Maj Gen Sharif said the terrorists took a junior commissioned officer hostage.

“Upon hearing the firing, security forces from Bannu Cantt promptly reached the complex and put the area under siege.”

The ISPR chief said that right after the terrorists occupied the complex on December 18, the security forces killed two of the terrorists and arrested three of them while two security personnel sustained injuries.