DI KHAN: At least six people were killed, including five policemen as the Tehreek-e-Taliban mounted a late night assault on the prison in Dera Ismail Khan late on Monday, Express News reported.
The prison, which holds as many as 5000 prisoners, including as many as 250 militants, some of them high profile commanders, was attacked from multiple sides just before midnight. Militants and suicide bombers disguised as police men reportedly stormed the main gate of the prison. Several explosions were also heard after militants launched the attack. The blasts were reported to be a mix of rocket attacks, grenades and suicide blasts.
Up to 40 gunmen wearing police uniforms launched their attack by blowing up the electricity line to the prison and detonating heavy explosions that breached the outer walls, said provincial prisons chief Khalid Abbas.
Militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the responsibility for the attack and claimed that they had managed to free many of their men.
The assault lasted for over five hours.
Authorities imposed a curfew in the area till the matter settles. Deputy Commissioner DI Khan Ameer Khattak appealed to the people to stay in their homes.
Reportedly, some militants also managed to escape from the prison following the deadly attack. There were conflicting reports on the number of militants who managed to escape.
DI Khan Commissioner Mushtaq Jadoon said dozens of prisoners had escaped. “The Taliban have loudspeakers and they are calling the names of their friends,” he said.
The TTP claimed that they were looking in particular for two commanders. One of them is Sufi Mohammad, the TTP commander for Swat. The other is Shaikh Abdul Hakim. It could not immediately be confirmed that these two commanders were, if at all, being held at the assaulted facility.
Security forces responding to the attack reported that six prisoners, who had earlier managed to escape, have been recaptured at on Darband road. The curfew was also expanded to Attala road.
At least two suspected terrorists were also killed in an encounter with the police. Police officials claimed that as many as six terrorists had been killed.
Express News correspondent Ramzan Seemab said that militants and security forces were engaged in fierce fighting. Additional contingents of security forces, including army troops, were also been dispatched to the area cordoned off the site.
On Sunday, at least three prisoners managed to escape from this same prison when inmates Dera Ismail Khan Central Jail attacked and took some of the guards as hostage.
Surrounding buildings under attack
Militants have also launched an attack on buildings surrounding the prison, including a radio station and a hospital. A nearby house was also reportedly attacked where the militants took the residents hostage and laid an ambush for security forces' reinforcements.
Earlier, before launching an attack on the central prison, militants had cut off the electricity to the area.
The central jail is located in the centre of Dera Ismail Khan, surrounded by commercial, residential and government buildings.
Pakistani militants have launched successful raids on prisons several times before. Last year, nearly 400 prisoners were freed when the Taliban attacked a prison in the northern town of Bannu.
After that attack, militants told Reuters they were helped by insiders in the security services.
An inquiry later found there were far fewer guards on duty than there should have been and those who were there lacked sufficient ammunition.
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Few unaware policemen tried to stop the terrorists and were martyred. Most knew the Govt KP friendly policy and gestures towards Taliban. They took wise decision. Why to fight and be killed by terrorists when ruling party call then son of soil etc.
Ye he naya pakistan-congratulations to PTI govt. Now KPK is 'safe' under PTI govt. PTI and its brothers TTP are now free to ruin KPK.
@ saleem: totally agree with you.
I further believe that Musharraf is the Leader our country Needs, just like a patient needs bitter medicine, albeit not happily wanting to swallow it down one's throat.
And the treatment our People has given him...
Lets pray to God these grim clouds of terror soon give way to rejuvenating rays of hope and happiness... Amen.
I know i will be despised for my comment, but such incidents were not a commonplace occurrence in Musharraf's era, am starting to miss the times...
God knows what ominous fate follows the escape of these beasts...
God save us...
The day our naive public sided with red mosque brigade after listening to fiery speeches of tv anchors along with ppp , pml(n) and pti star membership , I knew that game is over. Now its only a matter of time , people of Pakistan had taken unwise decision that time and now they can only see the fabric of the society tear apart slowly. Alas ! Only if we would have stopped the menace in bud instead of letting it mushroom.
I think taliban is now become more powerful than pakistan army.Sad to see the situation with our friend
Oh 300 prisoners escaped and now by these attack they killed our security forces but also added 300 militants in there side by prison break.Its a shame for us !
In Pakistan Islam and shahdat belong to the richy and affluent. Simple policemen get killed in action but if a politician gets killed they become shaheed.
@salman: Hate to bust your bubble, but around 250 have escaped.Take a look http://www.geo.tv/article-111572-Over-200-prisoners-escape-in-DI-Khan-jailbreak
And there would be insistance from someone that these terrorists have human rights and these should not be held at isolated and hidden places.. Someone will call these butchers "La pata afraad"
So now you know why Nawaz went to see Imran at Shaukat Khanam and awarded him KPK? We knew this will happen! KPK Govt. should without wasting time, hand over the law & order of the province to army. I don't think police are brave or even trained enough to stand these high profile attacks, but the question is who is supplying Taliban these high tech weapons?? Zara Sochiye
LOL........ 300 militants escape from jail. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23493323
TTP is becoming bolder and vicious by the day. It has to be a combined offensive by police,army and drones to finish them off. Citizens also need to behind the forces,and stop hiding these beasts.Mullahs,though it is too much to ask of them, should use their influence on them and issuing fatwas against TTP and other terrorists.They come out in droves when something happens in Egypt, but don't say a word when their own countrymen are killed.
Another feather in the cap of KPK government and Imran Khan.... Shame on them. Seems law and order is not in their priority list of 90 days
looks like they used stealth technology to free 240 prisoners and went out safely without a single person being caught.
This is not a big news ....let see what happens in India.
time to setup an off-shore prison in middle of water for such people until we can train our forces better
Failure of LEA"s agencies...drone attack is the only solution...
Unfortunately, we have lost a good part of Pakistan to the terrorists! I mean the police does not stand a chance against them. Its regular routine for them to break out prisoners. I won't be surprised if in the end I hear that another 'Adnan Rashid' has escaped.
Imran khan: your TTP brethren are not stopping. Do you still want to talk to them?
and let the Taliban are our brothers and drone attack mantra begin!
Still not Pakistan's War??
Authorities should have provided coordinates to US and called for drone strikes on the prison. All terrorists would have been wiped out by now.
PTI can negotiate with TTP and request that these prisoners be returned.
No security force can win which sits at check posts or behind closed gates and wait attackers. Adopt offensive tactics and finish these terrorists in their hideouts or negotiate surrender and save innocent lives.
The question is - how are these terrorists getting so much funding and training? They can't feed their families but they have enough money to buy automatic guns, RPG's, dynamite, etc. I am middle class pakistani and I have to think about the trouble of buying and registering a simple 40,000 rs. pistol for home protection if needed - these jahils sitting in villages can afford guns and barood like its on open bank for them. Open more saudi funded madrassahs. They are out to destroy us. America, Israel and India are not the enemies - its saudis and UAE. Multiple reports have shown they fund these wahabi madrassahs and taliban where they brainwash young kids into becoming suicide bombers. Wake up Pakistan! !
So, Mr.Imran Khan, leader of PTI, you still want to talk to these terrorists?
So, Mr.Imran Khan, leader of PTI, you still want to talk to these terrorists?
No militant has escaped.... instead of getting into blame game...applaud the forces
What Will be the Action of Current Govt in Kpk i.e PTI....?????
PTI government’s strategy to tackle terrorism has completely failed. Its time for them to start thinking of leaving.
Either our security status is extremely incompetent, or these militants are highly equipped,trained foreign army with local support,
I can't think of any other reason for this continuous 'happenings'
Imran Khan's friends at it again? Has he started negotiating yet?