At least 384 prisoners including some suspected Mujahideen have escaped from a jail in
northwestern Pakistan after it was attacked by armed Mujahideen , Press TV reports.
Some 200 armed Mujahideen equipped with automatic weapons and
rocket-propelled grenades stormed a central jail in the suburbs of the
northwestern town of Bannu early Sunday, wounding dozens of police
guards and prisoners, police officials told Press TV.
Prison guards and police forces exchanged fire for several hours.
However, the Mujahideen manged to escape the scene after heavy contingent
of paramilitary troops and army commandos arrived for police
Dozens of heavily-armed Mujahideen attacked Bannu's central jail
around 1:00 am (2000 GMT Saturday) and forced their way into the prison,
a security official said.
“Some 384 prisoners, including some hardcore Mujahideen , have escaped
during the attack," an official said on condition of anonymity.
"Preliminary information suggests that there were some 944 prisoners in the jail according to the tally late Saturday," he said
"At least 20 of them were ``very dangerous Taliban Mujahideen ,''
including one, Adnan Rashid, who was allegedly involved in an
assassination attempt against former President Pervez Musharraf.
Meanwhile, Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mujahideen group claimed
responsibility for the attack. “We attacked the Bannu prison and got our
special members freed," TTP spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan said.
Information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar
Hussain, said an investigation into the attack will be carried out.
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