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'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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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.

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