2013 Dera Ismail Khan prison attack

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Dera Ismail Khan Prison attack of 2013
Part of War in North-West Pakistan
DateJuly 29, 2013 (2013-07-29)
Location
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

31°49′0″N 70°55′0″E / 31.81667°N 70.91667°E / 31.81667; 70.91667
Result Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan victory
(300 prisoners freed)
Belligerents
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
Strength
150[1]
Casualties and losses
4 killed and 7 injured[1] 5 killed
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan is located in Dera Ismail Khan
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan
Location of prison
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan is located in Pakistan
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan
Central Jail Dera Ismail Khan (Pakistan)

On 29 July 2013, terrorists attacked on Dera Ismail Khan's central prison and freed more than 240 criminals including 35 high-profile terrorists. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility of attack.[2]

Attack[edit]

The attackers first destroyed an armoured police vehicle outside prison and threw many Hand grenades on prison's security guards.[1] According to a police official, militants were disguised in police uniform and were firing Rocket launchers from outside of prison, he said "Militants were firing rockets at the jail and I also heard gunfire from inside the building".[1] Residents in Dera Ismail Khan reported hearing loud blasts and gunfires.[1] About hundred militants (who were armed with Guns, mortars, Rocket-propelled grenades and bombs) attacked the prison.[3] Militants launched their attack with series of explosion. Militants have also launched an attack on buildings surrounding the prison, including a radio station and a hospital. A nearby house was also reportedly attacked where the militants took the residents hostage and laid an ambush for security forces’ reinforcements.[4] While attacking, the militants were shouting " God is great" and "Long live Taliban".[3] The attackers then entered the prison and opened fires on police officers. The police officers fired and used Tear gas in retaliation.[5] During attack, four police officers and five attackers were killed while several injured.[6] The militants managed to free 300 prisoners.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "230 prisoners escape in TTP's DI Khan jail attack". The Express Tribune. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  2. ^ "TTP claims responsibility for DI Khan prison attack". Geo News. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Pakistani Taliban free over 175 inmates in DI Khan jailbreak". Dawn News. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Five policemen killed as TTP storm DI Khan prison, dozens escape". The Express Tribune. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Three prisoners escape in DI Khan Central Jail attack". The Express Tribune. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Terrorist involved in D I Khan central jail attack killed". Dunya News. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2017.