'All the children and the teacher were rescued without a scratch,' the Interior Secretary, Jamshed Burki, said. Apart from the gunmen killed, there were no other casualties. They had been holding the boys, aged 12 to 14, for two days. They freed most of the 73 children and teachers taken hostage when they hijacked a bus on Sunday but were still holding the five boys and teacher.
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Pakistani commandos stormed the Afghan embassy in a hail of gunfire, killing three Afghan gunmen who had been holding five schoolboys and a teacher hostage, Reuter reports from Islamabad.