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Armed militants hold hostages at Pakistani army HQ

OCT-10-09-ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Armed militants were holding several hostages inside army headquarters in Rawalpindi on Saturday after attacking a checkpoint there, military officials said.

The gunmen, wearing camouflage clothing and riding in a minivan, opened fire Saturday at the headquarters checkpoint, south of Islamabad, a top military spokesman said.

Ten people were killed in the raging gunbattle in Rawalpindi, including four gunmen and six army guards, army Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN.

He had said that a search operation was under way for two of the militants involved in the attack.

Another military official said the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Rawalpindi, the closely guarded home to the general headquarters of the Pakistani army, has experienced suicide bombings and other attacks before.

Saturday's assault was the third major attack in Pakistan this week.

A suicide car bomb carrying 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of explosives killed at least 52 people Friday in the northern city of Peshawar.

It was the deadliest suicide attack ever in Peshawar, said government officials.

A suicide attack at the offices of the U.N. World Food Programme in Islamabad on Monday killed five employees and wounded several others.

Last month, several blasts in northern Pakistan left 17 people dead

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Pakistani soldiers take up position after an attack on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi on October 10


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Added: Oct-10-2009 
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