AFP | The Western Australian | PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Dozens of heavily armed Taliban fighters freed nearly 250 prisoners, including hardcore militants, during a sophisticated overnight attack on a Pakistani jail that killed 13 people, officials said Tuesday.
Armed with guns, mortars,
rocket-propelled grenades and bombs, the Taliban bombarded the prison in
the town of Dera Ismail Khan before escaping with scores of inmates
after a three-hour shootout.
The attack by well-trained gunmen,
disguised in police uniforms, will heighten concerns about the ability
of the Taliban to operate with impunity in parts of the nuclear-armed
It took place just hours before the country began electing a
new head of state to replace outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari, who
is ending a five-year term.