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Prison Break: Nearly 400 Escape Pakistan Jail
Nearly 400 prisoners have escaped a jail in northwest Pakistan after it was attacked by Islamist militants, according to a police official.
Some of those who escaped the scene of the attack in the town of Bannu were militants, an intelligence source said.
The attackers, armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, stormed the prison before dawn.
They used explosives and hand grenades to knock down the main gates and two walls, said Bannu prison superintendent Zahid Khan.
"They were carrying modern and heavy weapons," he added. "They fired rockets."
The attackers fought with guards for around two hours, setting part of the prison on fire before freeing 383 inmates.
Mr Khan named one escaped prisoner as Adnan Rashid, who was on death row for his involvement in an assassination attempt against former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.
Pakistan's Taliban movement, which has close links to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the assault, although this could not be immediately verified.
A Taliban spokesman said: "We have freed hundreds of our comrades in Bannu in this attack.
"Several of our people have reached their destinations, others are on their way."
A Taliban-backed attack would deal a blow to Pakistan's security forces, who have claimed gains against militants after a series of attacks on their strongholds.
Senior police official Mir Sahib told Reuters news agency "dozens" of militants were involved.
what do you think?
Expect 'em over here anytime soon!
The raid was probably planned and financed here..........
Yes, as "students"!
Complete and utter rubbish
william piero chainey
Jeffrey thats what i was thinking when i was reading the news post.
Does anyone actually believe that the Pakistani ISI security service had nothing to do with this, they are corrupt and rotten to the core
You are probably right.
This is a major problem for the UK. They now have to work out just how much benefits they can give them when the jail breakers arrive here, after their trauma of escaping from jail.
Excellent comment my friend, However, given the amount of benefits the likes of Hamza and Qatada have enjoyed over the past few years, perhaps closer to the truth than we might think???
How many people do you know that have broken out of jails in foreign countries and are living near you in the UK? Stop making stupid and ignorant comments.
Tudle the only ignorant comments i can see are yours!!
Ridiculous comment and totally inaccurate.
Out in time to regroup , get welcomed into our country by the stupid people who run it , then they can kill or injure as many as possible at the crappy olympics .
I think all 383 will turn up in London demanding asylum status and the human right to live in luxury in social housing.
Sad but true. At least the Lefties are happy though. Blair's permanent reminder of his tenure at the helm of the most corrosive government in modern UK times.
Ive an idea lets put another 10p on fuel to house these people
Bet they are all heading for the UK!!!
Yeah to a street near you.
How come we fight for our country abroad but not in our own country?? While away fighting has anyone noticed whats going on in our back garden??? Do we want to be a muslim country? Because 40% of the UK is now muslim are we really going to let this happen??
3 out of 80 equals 40%. Lol
Do you want to be Christian country? C'mon. Relgion is a problem but not the cause. This is an article about a prision break in Pakistan and not related to our immigration policy. Your comments have no legitamacy
they will all have british passports and they are on the way here now.
Can't wait ha ha.
Guess youve got to be Pakistani then @ Mye Tudle !!
I hope they all come and live next door to all you obsessed racists. how does 3 million Muslims out of 80 million UK population make 40% of UK Muslim???? Mazda Did you do maths at school?
I know many Muslim people, and some are my customers who, incidently pay very quickly. One thing I do know is, generally foriegn people are more racist than British people.
I certainly did do maths in a 100% english school and know there isnt 80 million in the UK population too!! Best get your figures right i think and stop pretending your an ostrich!!!
Bore off Mye. Typical dense Leftie outburst. People that use the term "racist" tend to be the biggest racists themselves. They call others that name in order to get their own way like spoilt children.
Interesting Tudle how you want them to be our neighbours and not yours!!
Mazda, Jim, Paula. Read a book
I best not comment, I tried that yesterday on a topic and had my comment removed by the Orange police. I thought that we had "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" in this glorious country of ours! Seems like that only exisits in this country if you are an asylum seeker! so come on escapees....the quicker you arrive here, the quicker you can claim all of your Benefits that i have paid for. God bless you all !!!!!!!!
Intelligence ? Pakistan ? NO NO NO .Coruption ? Lies ? Yes Yes Yes. The rockets were probably from november the 5th and the 2 hours of fighting would have been arguments over how many rupees per `guard`
I think they're in a hurry to get student visas before the rules change! Joke! The nation is corrupt but blame the government if they end up here, not the people.
Well, they'll all be in the UK very soon. Our generous government will offer them free housing, £100s per week in benefits and anything else they need to overcome the trauma of being in prison in Pakistan. Our taxes will probably go up to cover it all. Our high taxes have to pay for something! Those that apply for jobs will of course get them, otherwise they'le claim racial discrimination!
If they do an armed hijacking of an airliner in Afghanistan and fly it to Stansted they will be given asylum, benefits and jobs. It's been done before!