DI Khan jail break: Authorities knew two days before attack

Prime Minister and concerned security services had been warned of the impending attack.

July 30, 2013
The authorities had intel on the attack two days in advance, but failed to counter it. PHOTO: REUTERS.

In the latest update on Monday night's assault on the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan, Express News has learned that intelligence agencies had anticipated the attack on July 27 and had informed the concerned authorities.

Express News obtained a copy of a letter written by The National Crisis Management Cell, which was addressed to the Prime Minister, Interior Minister, IG FC Police and IG Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and informed them of the attack. However, the authorities did not take adequate security measures.

The attack on the Central Prison saw 248 prisoners flee. At least nine people were killed including policemen. Six attackers were also reportedly killed.

Taliban claim meticulous planning

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who claimed responsibility for carrying out the major attack, claimed on Tuesday that they had spent over a month planning the assault and spent Rs10 million.

TTP spokesperson Adnan Rasheed in a message claimed that the operation was dubbed "Marg-e-Nijaat".

They claimed freeing many of their commanders and that they had been transferred to a safe spot.

The plan was to stay inside the jail for 20 minutes and flee to a tribal region within an hour.

Rasheed further claimed to have used technologically advanced weaponry during the attack.