Pakistani Rangers and Police taken hostage During Anti-France Protests

Eight special rangers and Pakistan police officers were being held hostage by the supporters of the radical Islamist party on Sunday, officials said.

Police spokesman Rana Arif said that Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) group has released some hostages, however, they were still holding some police officers and rangers.

“The group is still holding eight police officers, including rangers and constables, hostage. Some of those taken hostage in the morning were released later in the day, but eight still remain,” Arif told AFP.

The protests have paralyzed cities and led to the deaths of six policemen, prompting the French embassy to recommend all its nationals temporarily leave the country.

Punjab provincial government spokesman Firdous Ashiq Awan said in a tweet that the violent groups armed with petrol bombs and acid bottles stormed the Nawankot police station this morning.

“We won’t bury them until the French ambassador is kicked out,” Allama Muhammad Shafiq Amini, a TLP leader in the city, said in a video statement.

The police meanwhile would not comment on the reported TLP deaths.

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