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Prisoners escape after militants attack Pakistani jail

Bannu : Pakistan | Apr 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM PDT
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Nearly 400 prisoners have escaped a jail in northwest Pakistan after it was attacked by Islamist militants, according to a police official.

Officials said more than 150 militants stormed the central prison outside the restive northwestern town of Bannu bordering the lawless tribal regions where Taliban- and al-Qaeda-linked militants are active.

The attack carried out around 01:00 local time (20:00 GMT on Saturday).

There were some 944 prisoners in the jail according to the tally late Saturday."

Police and intelligence officials said only some of the prisoners who escaped were militants.Dozens of police guards and prisoners were injured in the firing and were shifted to a local hospital.

Geo TV reported that nearly 400 prisoners, including those involved in serious crimes, escaped including former member of the air force sentenced to death for an attack on ex-president Pervez Musharraf.

Militants used automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades to blew the main gate .

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which has close links to al Qaeda, claimed the responsibility for the attack.A taliban spokeman said in an statement “We have freed hundreds of our comrades in Bannu in this attack. Several of our people have reached their destinations, others are on their way.

Local TV channels reported that it is the first biggest attack on a prison in Pakistan.

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'We have freed hundreds of our comrades in Bannu in this attack. Several of our people have reached their destinations, others are on their way," said a Taliban spokesman.
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