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Pakistan: Judicial Inquiry into Prison Attack

(Apr. 30, 2012) The Peshawar High Court of Pakistan has ordered a judicial inquiry into a prison attack by armed militants that resulted in the release of 384 inmates, including one prisoner jailed for the attempted assassination of former President Pervez Musharraf. On April 15, 2012, at around 1:15 a.m., hundreds of armed militants attacked the Bannu central prison. The incident lasted for about two hours, at which time three security guards were wounded and the prisoners fled. According to the news source, a Taliban group claimed responsibility for the attack. (Taliban Storm Bannu Jail, Free 384 Prisoners, DAILY TIMES (Apr. 16, 2012).)

Later, about 103 prisoners were rearrested or voluntarily turned themselves in to the enforcement authority. However, 281 prisoners are still at large. (Umer Farooq, Bannu Jailbreak: Peshawar High Court Orders Judicial Probe, THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Apr. 17, 2012).)

The judicial inquiry is being undertaken by a two-member committee. Intelligence agencies and police officials are working on the investigation and the re-arrest of the missing prisoners. The government has involved all the relevant offices with specific tasks, to work in conjunction with the intelligence authority. (Id.) The High Court has extended the deadline for the judicial commission to submit its report. (Bannu Jailbreak: Deadline to Submit Report Extended, THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Apr. 22, 2012).)