Pakistani Taliban free several inmates from regime-prison

Anti-regime fighters have stormed a prison in northwestern Pakistan. At least 384 inmates escaped during the attack, many of them members of Resistance groups, News 7 reported.

Some of those who escaped from the facility in the town of Bannu, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, early on Sunday morning were “militants”, an intelligence official told the Reuters news agency.

“Dozens of militants attacked Bannu’s Central Jail in the early hours of the morning, and more than 300 prisoners have escaped,” Mir Sahib Jan, the official, said.

“Some 384 prisoners, including some hardcore militants, 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 militants,” including one, Adnan Rashid, who was allegedly involved in an assassination attempt against former President Pervez Musharraf.”

Meanwhile, Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the group told Reuters news agency: “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.”

Source: News 7 and agencies

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