Taliban Gunmen attack Bannu jail, nearly 400 inmates escape

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Practically 400 prisoners escaped from a jail taking part in northwest Pakistan in the early hours on Sunday following it was attacked by militants armed with guns and rocket propelled grenades, a senior police official said.

According to Bannu Jail Superintendent around 500 militants attacked the prison in the wee hours.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We attacked the Bannu prison and got our special members freed,” Ehsan told AFP.

“In a couple of days when all of them have reached their designated places we will issue details about them. At the moment I cannot give you exact numbers.”

The attack started at around 1:00 am (2000 GMT Saturday) and continued for two hours, with militants in cars and pick-up trucks shooting and lobbing grenades to force their way into the prison, a security official told AFP.


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