More than 230 escape in Pakistan jailbreak: Official
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - More than 230 prisoners including hardcore militants escaped late Monday after Taleban insurgents armed with mortars and rocket propelled grenades
attacked a prison in northwest Pakistan, officials said.
At least 12 people including four policemen were killed and seven others wounded in the brazen attack in Dera Ismail Khan, senior government official Mushtaq Jadoon told private TV channel ARY News.
"A total of 243 prisoners have escaped, six of them were later arrested by police,” he said, adding that “30 among the escaped prisoners were hardcore militants”.
The attack targeted the Central Prison in Dera Ismail Khan, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, close to the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan where Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents are active.