Tuesday 21 November 2017

Taliban use insiders to break out prisoners Soldiers at the jail.

Soldiers at the jail
Soldiers at the jail

Saud Mehsud

In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail yesterday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants.

The attack in the city of Dera Ismail Khan showed the ability of the al Qa'ida-linked Pakistani Taliban to strike at the heart of Pakistan's heavily guarded prison system and walk away with dozens of senior Taliban fighters and commanders.

The overnight assault on the Central Prison took place despite reports that regional officials had received intelligence days, if not weeks, ago suggesting such an attack was imminent.

Officials blamed a combination of negligence and lack of communication among Pakistan's many security agencies, but some suggested there may have been a degree of insider help.

Just hours before the attack, army and police units had met at the jail to discuss security, one source said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Irish Independent

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