Skip to main content

Official: Pakistani police raid school occupied by militants

By Sophia Saifi and Zahir Shah Sherazi, CNN
updated 4:03 AM EST, Sat February 1, 2014
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said earlier this week he wants to hold talks with militants.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said earlier this week he wants to hold talks with militants.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fifty militants were rounded up following the gunfire
  • The gunbattle lasted more than four hours, official says

(CNN) -- Pakistani police raided a school occupied by militants Saturday, killing four people, authorities said.

The attack occurred at a school in Swabi city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to senior police official Haji Khan.

Fifty militants were rounded up following the gunfire, which lasted more than four hours, he said.

A massive amount of arms and ammunition were recovered from the school.

Swabi is the hometown of Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, the deputy chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated in parliament this week that he still wants to hold talks with militants instead of resorting to a military operation.

A four-member committee has been appointed to push forward with negotiations.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:49 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
British PM David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes.
updated 9:06 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
British journalist John Cantlie hadn't been seen in nearly two years. Now, he's the latest hostage to be paraded out by ISIS.
The burial leader. The hospital gatekeeper. The disease detective. All telling powerful, stories from West Africa.
updated 7:03 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Alibaba's IPO is unlike anything investors have ever seen and could threaten other online retailers. Maggie Lake reports.
updated 11:58 PM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Indian PM Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country.
updated 8:01 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Put yourself in the shoes (and sixth-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group.
updated 10:44 AM EDT, Sat September 20, 2014
 Tennis Player Li Na attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party as guests enjoy Ciroc Vodka presented by Dubai Duty Free at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London,
Asia's first grand slam singles champion Li Na has called time on her 15-year tennis career.
Jenson Button has some of quickest reactions ever shown at an advanced sports lab.
updated 7:24 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Creative companies with quirky ideas find new lending models advantageous.
updated 10:09 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Even death couldn't part two skeletons excavated from a lost chapel in an English county, found with their fingers entwined.
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT