Central Jail Break,Radio Station and Hospital attacked: Coordinated Mid-Night assault; yet another national challenge or impending embarrassment .
At least 40 hardcore militants reportedly on the run, as the border city embraces a dark night.
Heavily armed militants have attacked Central Jail in Dera Ismail Khan and other parts of the city, in a well coordinated and deadly assault which started late Monday, when dozens of huge explosions rocked the central jail later paving way for ‘assault squads’ of militants in Police uniform. The event, as it unfolds is nostalgic to a similar incident in 2012 where hundreds of terrorists were freed by 150 men suicide squad that attacked Bannu prison, among them were some of the ‘most wanted’.
Initial reports are suggesting that more than few locations are attacked, in this developing assault. Radio Station Dera and Rehmania Hospitals have also been attacked by suicide bombers, and according to eye-witnesses, assault teams of terrorists are trying to make strong holds in the locations they have attacked.
The Pakistan Army was called in after militants carrying heavy weapons stormed Dera Ismail Khan’s Central Jail, housing as many as 5000 prisoners including 250 inmates belonging to various banned outfits here on late Monday night, Geo News reported.
Independent sources claimed that at least 40 prisoners were freed in the attack which appeared to be the largest jail break after Bannu mass jail breakout in which hundreds of militants including Adnan Rasheed, a key Taliban figure involved in a life attempt on former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf were freed. However, officials didn’t confirm the report.
Sources said that police and security forces rushed to the detention facility and cordoned off the area. The sources said that gun shots were also heard from inside the prison. Exact number of the militants was not known. They said that the militants targeted police vehicles with hand grenades .
DIG Prisons Khalid Abbas said that the Pakistan Army was called in after militant attack. He said that as many as 5000 prisoners including 250 belonging to banned outfits were held in the jail.
AFP adds: Militants attacked a prison in northwest Pakistan late Monday armed with mortars and are locked in a gunfight with police and security forces, officials said.
The attack is under way at Central Prison in Dera Ismail Khan city, close to the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
Such attacks are clearly well planned and precise, leaving un-welcoming questions yet to be answered again by law enforcement agencies and the newly formed government. In a country where not a single militant is convicted during the last decade of terror, such incidents serve as a severe trauma to the whole nation and shatter the trust despite rendering tremendous sacrifices in cowardly terror strikes by these militants, who were caught by miracles and let off by incompetence. Meanwhile, a curfew has been imposed as Army and Police are taking on the terrorists on the run.
We will continue to update as the situation develops. News Desk PKKH[note color=”#d9d4d6″]
- Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid says around 100 fighters & 7 suicide bombers went to free some top leaders. He claims 300 prisoners escaped.
- TTP claims cannot be independently confirmed at this stage, casualties and escapee numbers unlikely to be tallied for a few hours. City under lockdown.