DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan April 15, 2012- More than 300 militants were taken away who were under detention in northwest Pakistan earlier this morning, after it was attacked by Islamist militants equipped with guns and rocket boosted grenades, as informed by Mir Sahib Jan, a senior police official. He said, “There was intense gunfire, and rocket-propelled grenades were also used.”
Pakistani Taliban enjoying close connection with Al-Qaeda claimed the responsibility. Asim ullah Mehsud, Taliban spokesman said, “We have freed hundreds of our companions in Bannu in this assault. Quite a few of our people have achieved their targets; others are on their way,”
Intelligence Officials have said that the claim could not be instantly confirmed those who escaped from the custody/Jail in town of Bannu were militants or not. . If Taliban did liberated the militants, it could be a serious blow to Pakistani security forces, which say they have made gains against militants after a series of attacks on their strongholds.
The attack by more than 100 militant was a dramatic/terrifying demonstration of the power by Al-Qaeda and its crews in the insurgency gripping the nuclear-armed country. The runaway militants may now rejoin the terrorist activities, giving impetus to a brutal agenda, a madness that has claimed lives thousands of Pakistani officials and innocent citizens ever since 2007.
A police official informed that one of the prisoners who escaped from jail was on death sentence for connection in a murder attempt on ex- Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.
“There was a prisoner named Adnan Rasheed, who was a master mind in one of the assassination attempts on Musharraf. The militant’s attacked jail for him and took another 383 people too,” said the official.
Major suicide bombings have dropped in numbers in recent months, suggesting either security operations/crackdowns have weakened the group, or they might have altered their strategy.