July 31, 2013

Taliban Group Claims Responsibility for Pakistani Prison Break

The Globe and Mail | ISMAIL KHAN | The New York Times News Service | PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — Nearly 250 prisoners escaped after a massive attack on one of the main prisons in northwestern Pakistan on Monday night, a senior security official said.

Authorities imposed a curfew in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, after the overnight attack on the 100-year-old central prison there, which had held more than 500 inmates. All roads leading to the neighbouring restive tribal regions of North and South Waziristan were blocked and a search has begun, officials said, adding that six prisoners had been recaptured.

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