ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army troops Sunday stormed the security office of GHQ, Rawalpindi and successfully rescued hostages held by a group of suspected Taliban insurgents who brazenly struck at the heart of the military establishment the other day. The search and clearance operation carried out by the SSG commandos successfully culminated in bringing to an end the daylong hostage drama and rescued 39 people held by militants. ISPR DG Major General Athar Abbas said the militants had suicide jackets, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and grenades they had with them to blow up all the hostages and cause maximum damage. The spokesman confirmed that weapons recovered from the militants were of Afghan origin, and included 18 AK 47 rifles, eight rockets with one launcher and some grenades. The conclusion of the operation was followed by a visit from the Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to the area who commended the troops on their bravery and success. People from all walks of life including political leaders have congratulated General Kayani for successful military operation against the terrorists and assured all out support to Pakistan Army in combating the menace of terrorism.