Hundreds have escaped in a Taliban-led prison break in Pakistan.
The attack was launched around midnight, when gunmen wearing police uniforms reportedly bombed the prison’s power source, plunging it into darkness. A Taliban spokesperson said suicide bombers blew up the prison walls, and freed around 300 detainees at the Dera Ismail Khan jail, 300km west of Lahore. Though officials put the figure at closer to 200. The Pakistani Taliban said they sent 100 fighters to free some of their top leaders.
At least 12 people were reportedly killed in the attack. Officials counted six police officers among the dead.
Warning of an attack was received two weeks ago, raising questions over security just one year on from a similar prison break in the country.
It comes on the day when Pakistani politicians will chose their country’s president. The frontrunner is said to be a close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has promised to negotiate with militant groups.