Police kept army in the dark on DI Khan jailbreak: Initial report

The escaped militants engaged in combat with the QRF in a nearby neighborhood after.

Web Desk August 12, 2013
Policemen and Ranger soldiers stand outside a prison following an attack in Dera Ismail Khan on July 30, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

PESHAWAR: Police and jail authorities kept the army in the dark regarding the attack on the central Dera Ismail Khan Jail, according to the initial report on the incident obtained by Express News on Monday.

The report states that the Army was notified on their own of the jailbreak to which they summoned five Quick Response Force (QRF) companies.

According to the initial report, the police and jail authorities told the army that the militants were inside the jail, whereas the militants had already attacked and left at that point.

The escaped militants engaged in a firing combat with the QRF in a nearby neighborhood after.  Two militants were killed as a result of the combat.

The initial inquiry report has been forwarded to the Islamabad head quarters. The report also states that the army knew a day in advance of the attack and had stationed a "big" rifle on the main gate to handle a potential crisis.

However, there was no police present at the main gate and no one used the gun which could have helped the situation.

Four policemen were put behind bars for their negligence in the attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban on the Dera Ismail Khan Jail on August 10.

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 July 30, in which nearly 250 prisoners managed to escape.


Taimoor Khalid | 10 years ago | Reply

KP Govt. allocated more than Rs. 23.78 billion in its budget for police, what else do they need? They have money but the problem is that police is politicized, people get inducted in police just to make money (w/ a few exceptions). Before blaming army, go and read constitution and the role of armed forces. Secondly, army comes at 3rd number as far as internal security is concerned, police is responsible, if they fail than paramilitary comes in and if they also fail only then army comes in IF the provincial government asks them to intervene. Lastly, as far as CPs are concerned so what do you think that terrorists are fool, you think they came to DI Khan in a convoy, in such cases they assemble in small groups, raid the target and then fled away in groups. Koi attack karne chartered plane par nahi aata na hi CPs per aik aik cheez ko check kiya jaata hai.

ZUBAIR | 10 years ago | Reply

Baseless report by ET

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