Nearly 400 inmates flee from Pakistani jail
Islamabad : Some 384 inmates such as militants runaway beginning on Saturday from a jail in northwestern Pakistan after an strike by insurgents with weapons, grenades and rockets, officials said.
More than 150 militants stormed the central prison outside the restive northwestern town of Bannu bordering the lawless tribe areas where Taliban and Al-Qaeda attached militants are dynamic.
The strike began at around 1:00 am (2000 GMT) and ongoing for two time, with militants in vehicles and pick-up pickups firing and lobbing grenades to power their way into the jail, a mature protection formal informed Agence Portugal Presse.
“Some 384 inmates, such as some serious militants, have runaway during the strike,” the official said.
“Preliminary details indicates that there were some 944 inmates in the jail according to the count overdue Saturday,” he said.
A high variety of militants had lately been shifted to the jail from nearby Kohat and Lakki Marwat jails, which are being become internment companies to restore former insurgents, the official said.
A former participant of the airforce sentenced to dying for an strike on former chief executive Pervez Musharraf was among the runaway militants, he said.
Police verified the strike but did not give any results for the escapees, saying they were still investigating.
“There was an strike on the main jail and some prisoners escaped,”
senior Bannu police official Iftikhar Khan told AFP.