'250 freed' in Pakistan jailbreak

Taliban militants wearing police uniforms have freed around 250 prisoners in a gun and grenade assault on a prison in northwestern Pakistan.

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Taliban storm Pakistan prison and free inmates

Taliban militants wearing police uniforms have freed around 250 prisoners in a gun and grenade assault on a prison in northwestern Pakistan, undermining and embarrassing the government's efforts to tackle the threat from the militants.

The gunmen launched their attack with a series of heavy explosions before firing rocket propelled grenades and machine guns.

They then calling out the names of those they wanted to free on loudspeakers.

The prison, in the central town of Dera Ismail Khan, houses Taliban and militants from banned sectarian groups.

ITV News international editor Bill Neely reports:

Read: Attack boosts Taliban confidence and exposes government weaknesses

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Taliban attack on Pakistani prison holding militants

Taliban militants broke into a north-west Pakistan prison on Monday and freed around 300 prisoners in a midnight gun and grenade attack, police confirmed.

The attack on the jail occurred in the town of Dera Ismail Khan situated in north-west Pakistan.
The attack on the jail occurred in the town of Dera Ismail Khan situated in north-west Pakistan. Credit: Reuters
Reports suggest around 300 prisoners escaped from the prison in the midnight attack.
Reports suggest around 300 prisoners escaped from the prison in the midnight attack. Credit: Reuters
Pakistan police monitor the scene after the break in.
Pakistan police monitor the scene after the break in. Credit: Reuters

Read: Pakistani Taliban 'free 300 prisoners', says spokesman

Pakistani Taliban 'free 300 prisoners', says spokesman

Grenade-wielding Taliban fighters battled Pakistani security forces during a sophisticated midnight attack on a major prison holding hundreds of Taliban and other militants, police said on Monday.

Dera Ismail Khan. Credit: Google Maps

Fighting continued into the early hours of today, and security forces said they had imposed a curfew on the city, Dera Ismail Khan, 200 miles (320 km) west of Lahore.

The Pakistani Taliban sent 100 fighters and seven suicide bombers on a mission to free some of their top leaders, said Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.

He said they had freed around 300 prisoners, a claim that could not immediately be verified. Some of the suicide bombers had blown up at the prison walls and some were in reserve, he said.

Gunmen attack Pakistani prison holding Taliban inmates

Gunmen battled Pakistani security forces for control of a major prison holding hundreds of militants on Monday night, police said.

The gunmen launched their attack with a series of heavy explosions before firing rocket propelled grenades and machine guns, district police chief Sohail Khalid said.

The prison, in the central town of Dera Ismail Khan, houses Taliban and militants from banned sectarian groups.