` Mastermind Behind Dera Ismali Khan Break-Out Key Commander of ` Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan is Killed ‘

#AceNewsServices – PESHAWAR – April 27 – A key commander of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed during a gun battle, police sources claim.

The Station House officer (SHO) of Kulachi Police Station, Haroon Khan said one terrorist has been gunned down during the encounter as a probe into the incident continues.

Upon receiving a tip-off about the presence of the alleged militant, the police conducted an operation in the Kulachi area.

Back in June (Dawn) reported that PESHAWAR – witnessed dozens of heavily-armed Pakistani Taliban insurgents freed nearly 175 inmates, including 35 ‘high-profile militants’, during a brazen overnight attack on the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan, officials said Tuesday.

At least nine people, including four policemen and five militants, were killed in the attack and the following shoot-out, said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousufzai.

KP chief minister Pervaiz Khattak termed the brazen attack a failure on the part of the intelligence agencies, and has vowed to punish those found guilty of negligence.

Khattak confirmed the number of escaped prisoners, including the 35 hardcore militants.

Earlier unconfirmed intelligence reports had suggested at least 45 high profile militants were being held at the jail.

The attack began with a huge explosion and several smaller blasts before security forces engaged the attackers. An intelligence official said the militants shouted “God is great” and “Long live the Taliban”.

Military troops were eventually called in which conducted a six-hour long operation to take back control of the prison.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Shahidullah Shahid, accepted responsibility for the attack. Speaking to ( Dawn) he claimed around 100 militants attacked the prison including a number of suicide bombers.

Dawn News – Agencies

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