Prisoners were aware of the DI Khan jailbreak in advance

Published: August 1, 2013
Prisoners geared for escape as soon as they heard the first gunshot. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prisoners geared for escape as soon as they heard the first gunshot. PHOTO: REUTERS

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Prison inmates were aware of  the recent jailbreak in Dera Ismail Khan in advance, and geared up for escape immediately after hearing the first gunshot, Express News reported.

Reports suggest that the attackers stayed for over three hours inside the jail before attempting escape. Armed with guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and bombs, they bombarded the prison before fleeing with their accomplices.

While the militants were attacking the jail, the jail officials sought refuge in underground ‘nullahs‘, even though they had been given a precautionary security drill a day before.

An official of the district police had told The Express Tribune that “around 248 prisoners escaped from the jail, including 49 high-profile militants, six death row prisoners and five females”.

The terrorists had stormed the jail around midnight on Monday.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Babloo
    Aug 1, 2013 - 1:41AM

    No prison official resisted. Those prisoners , who did not escape, even when they could have just walked out as p[rison officials hid in the gutters , should now be set free.


  • ali ahmed
    Aug 1, 2013 - 2:42AM

    Prison inmates were aware of the recent jailbreak..but the govt of PTI were not aware


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:51AM

    Jail guards acted smartly and wisely. Why would they sacrifice their lives when our military and civil leaders were hiding behind closed doors.


  • Aug 1, 2013 - 10:31AM

    Only matter of time before the 7 accused of Mumbai attacks will be let go by another attack on the jail.

    If they can attack a high security naval base then this is peanuts.


    Aug 1, 2013 - 11:48AM

    248 men traveled 250 KM in six hours in 70 vehicles before leaving the country. Drones???????


  • Aug 1, 2013 - 4:31PM

    With such patriotic security, it is now clear that our nuclear weapons will one day vanish from their magazines.


  • Pashtunyar
    Aug 1, 2013 - 11:45PM

    Arent there any check-points between DI Khan and the tribal areas?


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