‘Hardcore terrorist’ behind Bannu jail attack executed
KOHAT: A hardcore terrorist, who was involved in committing various heinous offences including attack on Bannu Jail, has been executed at the district jail Kohat today.
The convict was tried by the military court.
According to ISPR, convict Tahir s/o Mir Shah Jehan was an active member of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking/breaking of Bannu Jail owing to which number of terrorists managed to escape from the Jail.
He was also involved in attacks on law enforcement agencies which resulted in death of a soldier and injuries to another soldier. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.
On April 16 2012, a group of over 100 militants stormed into Bannu jail in what was being said the biggest prison-break in Pakistan’s history and freed 384 prisoners in an overnight attack.
The attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at the black, metal gates of the prison, blowing them open. Debris was strewn on the ground inside, including locks that were shot off doors. Walls were pockmarked with bullet holes.
The prison break had dealt a blow to security forces following repeated government assertions that security crackdowns had weakened militant groups.
Pakistan’s Taliban movement, which is close to al Qaeda, had said it was behind the brazen assault by militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 assault rifles.