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.


'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.