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Pakistani Officers Suspended After Jailbreak


Militants Attack Pakistani Prison, Freeing Hundreds
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WATCH: Pakistani troops regained control over a prison building in the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan after militants attacked the facility early on July 30, fighting their way inside and freeing more than 250 prisoners. Officials said that at least 14 people, including six police officers, were killed in the fighting. (Reuters)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani authorities have suspended 27 law-enforcement officers suspected of neglect after militants attacked a heavily guarded prison and freed around 250 prisoners in the country's northwest.

The militants attacked the main jail in the town of Dera Ismail Khan overnight on July 29-30, killing 14 people, including six police officers.

The Inspector General of Police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Ihsan Ghani, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal on July 31 that two superintendents, three police officers, and 22 police constables were suspended.

The suspensions come as authorities investigate how militants were able to storm the heavily-secured jail, which houses some 5,000 inmates.

There are suspicions that the militants received help from insiders.

A curfew has been in place in Dera Ismail Khan since the assault, with army vehicles patrolling the streets.
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    RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.

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