Audacious. Brazen. Assertive. “Six soldiers dead in attack on Pakistan army HQ,” by Khurram Shahzad for AFP, October 10:
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Heavily-armed militants tried to storm Pakistan’s army headquarters on Saturday, with six soldiers and four rebels killed in an audacious attack near the capital Islamabad, officials said.
Six insurgents armed with automatic weapons and grenades shot their way through one checkpost in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, before being stopped by security forces at a second post. Two militants have fled, officials said.
Pakistan has seen a surge in attacks blamed on Taliban rebels in the past week, as the insurgents vow to take bloody revenge for the death of their leader Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone missile attack in August.
“The terrorists were wearing army uniform and were armed with sophisticated weapons and grenades,” army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said on state-run television….
His deputy Colonel Attique ur Rehman told AFP: “Six soldiers were martyred in the attack.”…
“Martyred.” So in this case both sides claim to be fighting for Islam.