Jailbreak in Bannu

April 16, 2012
Threat Type: Violent Incident

Threat Intensity: None

In a pre-dawn attack on Sunday, 100 militants armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers attacked the Central Jail in Bannu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and freed 384 prisoners. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack, in which militants blockaded the roads leading to the jail and took control of the jail for more than two hours. Security officials acknowledged that this was the “largest jailbreak in Pakistan’s history” and was largely due to a “very serious failure” in both intelligence and security (ET, NYT, ET). See the Pakistan Security Brief for daily updates on security issues in Pakistan.