Apparently the kidnappers didn’t intend to take the kids hostage but were escaping police after intending and actually taking a health department official hostage.
Police say the men had kidnapped a health department official from the neighbouring district of Karak on Monday.
They were then challenged by police but refused to stop at a police check post and went on to take over the school in an area called Domial, some 15 km north of Bannu town, the main town in the district.
Mr Musharraf said it had not been their intention to seize children.
“They didn’t go really to take the children as hostage,” he said during a visit to London.
It sounds like the hostage takers gave up after being given free passage. This can’t be a good thing.