July 29, 2013

Awesome: Taliban Free 36 ~ 300 Prisoners in Raid

Why is the figure somewhere between 36 and 300? Local officials claim "dozens" while the Taliban claim "300". So, given that both sides are completely full of sh*t let's just split the difference and go with, I dunno, 150 or so?

Up to 40 armed men disguised as police officers have launched a major attack on a prison holding hundreds of militants in the Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan.

A series of explosions shook the complex before the attackers fired rocket propelled grenades and machine gun rounds at guards, according to district police chief Sohail Khalid....

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said 100 gunmen and seven suicide bombers had been sent to the prison to free the group's leaders.

He claimed they had freed around 300 prisoners, but that could not immediately be verified.

Mushtaq Jadoon, the town's civil commissioner, said dozens of prisoners had escaped

And as a reminder, that's the second prison break in a week in which a lot of bad guys have been freed. Al Qaeda pulled the same stunt seven days ago in Iraq. And why wouldn't the Taliban follow suit? It seems to be a winning strategy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:42 PM | Comments |