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Hundreds of inmates escape from Pakistani jail

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Nearly four hundred inmates have escaped from a prison in north-west Pakistan.

According to a police official, the jail – in the town of Bannu – was attacked by Islamist militants armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

One prisoner who escaped was reportedly on death row for being involved in an attempt to assassinate former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

The country’s al-Qaeda linked Taliban movement has said that its fighters carried out the attack.

There have been several jailbreaks in neighbouring Afghanistan, but such assaults are rare in Pakistan.