Taliban Busts Out 250 Pakistan Inmates

'Dangerous terrorists' freed in latest mass jailbreak
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 2:02 AM CDT
Pakistan Taliban Busts Out 250 Inmates
Pakistani army troops in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, site of a mass jailbreak Monday night.   (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)

More than 250 inmates—including 25 classed as "dangerous terrorists"—were freed by a 100-strong group of Taliban militants in a raid on a prison in northwest Pakistan. Authorities say the attackers, armed with bombs and rocket-propelled grenades, destroyed the century-old prison's walls and killed six policemen, two civilians, and six Shia Muslim prisoners during the raid, the AP reports.

Roads to the neighboring regions of North and South Waziristan have been blocked but only nine escapees have been recaptured and officials admit most of the prisoners "have melted away in the population," the New York Times reports. A senior government official calls the mass escape a "debacle of the highest order," noting that security forces had been warned of an attack and a conference on the prison's security had been held. July appears to be jailbreak month: More than 1,000 prisoners broke out of a prison in Benghazi, Libya, over the weekend, just days after 500 were freed in a raid on Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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