April 15th, 2012
12:39 AM ET

384 prisoners escape after Taliban raid on Pakistan prison

Authorities in northern Pakistan were looking for 384 inmates who escaped from a prison early Sunday morning after 300 Taliban militants raided it.

The attack took place in the city of Bannu in northwest Pakistan, an area known for a heavy militant presence.

Iftikhar Khan, a senior police official in Bannu, said the attack lasted more than two hours and wounded three prison officials.

Of the 944 prisoners the facility held, 384 escaped, he said. Among them were two who were awaiting execution.

One, Adnan Rashid, had been found guilty in the attempted murder of former President Pervez Musharraf in 2003. The other, Safi Ullah, was convicted of several bombings in northern Pakistan in recent years, officials said.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Aasim Mehsud, a spokesman for the group in South Waziristan.

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  1. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    ...if that area in northern Pakistan, rather.

    April 15, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Won't it be fun when the world is a democracy and everyone will have the right to carry a gun!

    April 15, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. mittens ; job destroyer

    I will require every household in the United States to have a street sweeper shot gun, six assault rifles, fourteen hand guns, a mark79 grenade launcher, two shoulder fired surface to air missles, a bear grylls survival knife and a fishing pole.
    I will increase the tax on poor people and decrease the number of heart transplants on old people.
    Also hoard food water and duck tape. The end is near.
    I will also beef up the secret service.

    April 15, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. mittens ; job destroyer

    I think Syria will make a fair to middling democracy and Iran will make an excellent sheet of glass.
    The Taliban have proven their value as managers of the heroin trade so they will be given a weekly stipend and put in the care of the CIA.
    I will fix the safety net and

    April 15, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. mittens ; job destroyer

    More wealthy families will be given ciws with gatling guns and 40 MM depleted uranium shells, claymore mines and to follow the cultural meme they will receive global hawk drones to surveille poor neighborhoods.
    I will create a new cabinet called NRA.
    I will also decrease oversight of congress and do away with the GAO.
    Thank you for your support.

    April 15, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • portland tony

      The rich don't shoot people only animals. They hire the poor folks to shoot other poor folks!

      April 15, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT ( beer drinking , turkey hunting , trailer trash from belton missouri )

    oh well.. we will just catch em again... at tax payers expense

    April 15, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @mittens. Get a clue. When the Taliban government ruled Afghanistan... (remember? When the Soviet's attacked Afghanistan to gain control of the trans-afghan pipeline infrastructure and we called them freedom fighters?)...poppy production was near zero, as was afghanistans HIv rate. After Afghanistan was conquered by the US MILITARY and this puppet government led by US citizen president Karzai, poppy production has increased 800% according to the World Health Org., and Afghanistans HIV rate has also skyrocketed.*.(source: CIA World Factbook)

    April 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sidenote

    If it were just another run-of-the-mill case of black on black violence, Al Sharpton wouldn't have even been made aware of this case, just like YOU.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mittens ; job destroyer

    Relax Philip,
    Tongue in cheek.
    Because you know el' patron was created by the cia to keep the black man down with crack.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mittens ; job destroyer

    Ask yourself why heroin is currently so cheap and plentiful.
    Is some sort of complicity possible ?

    April 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    ...as if only the black man smokes crack. Get a clue. Yes, the CIA has been busted by the DEA importing cocaine into the USA. In fact, one such bust was the largest ever cocaine bust at that time. The director of the DEA, mandated to PERSONALLY attend to destroying such large quantaties of dope...his dead body washed-up on Virginia Beach 2 weeks later. Everyone has been being dumbed-down...not just black Americans.
    The reason they needed uS dumbed-down... (to ignore the obvious about 9/11 and look the other way as nazis killed jews...errrr, sitting presidents ordered assassinations of well known suspects, even US CITIZENS)...is over now anyway. Watch as even acetamenophen (tylenol, most big pharma) is outlawed, education IS funded, non violent prisoners released and fraudsters replacing them...the last country invaded and occupied...the economy totally rebounded. Happy Days...beware: "When they least expect it". The battle of Armageddon in President Obama's bible.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @Mittens. Heroin isn't cheap and plentiful. It's Big-pharma version, oxycotin, is though. If you are a 40 yr. old drunkard with a spent liver, you can sue and guarantee winabout 900 bucks per mo. plus free pharmaceuticals for life from social Security disability fraud...recall, these fraudsters replace non violent marijuanna offenders currently in prison. Many drunks also prefer synthetic heroin, oxycotin, for liver pain.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Interstingly, the FDA recently cleared the way for people diagnosed with liver damage to sue Big-Pharma for putting acetamenophen in most drugs. The same people on SS disability for a booze damaged liver can now sue Tylenol...according to the FDA, acetamenophen is responsible for up to HALF of all liver damage. Watch late night TV lawyers start suing big pharma on behalf of lazy drunkards just as they sue the SS admin. on their behalf.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    About 9 billion Tylenol's are gulped down each year. So this is big. According to the FDA, just taking Tylenol 3 days in a row causes liver damage.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    The great thing about that liver is the thing that goes unsaid. The liver is the only organ in our body that regenerates itself. All ya gotta do is stop getting drunk and eating acetamenophen, and the liver quickly repairs itself. Unless you drank over 75% of your liver away, as most middle aged drunks have. Once the liver is that far gone, so are you.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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