Thursday 17 May 2012

TTP releases videos showing Bannu jailbreak

Update: On Wednesday I posted links to the three parts of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan video showing the Bannu jailbreak. However, soon after, all three videos were taken down, apparently by the person who posted them, but this is unclear. Then on Saturday 19 May the videos were once again posted onto YouTube. You can find them below.
The 34-minute video shows the pre-attack planning, the jailbreak operation and the release of Taliban prisoners, including Adnan Rashid, a key suspect in the attack on former president Pervez Musharraf. Rashid is also interviewed following his escape. The video begins with a previously recorded message from TTP leaders Hakimullah Mahsud and Waliur Rehman Mahsud and goes on with a tirade against Pakistan's army and democratic and judicial systems. 
The two men also threaten to continue such attacks to secure the release of Taliban prisoners. The video shows militants planning the attack using hand-made maps and sketches of Bannu Central Jail's surroundings and interiors, showing security pickets and details of security cordons. At an unknown location a masked militant instructs the attack party, detailing how they should carry out attacks on the security pickets of the jail from all sides and the main gate. 
"The main motive of our attack is to set free innocent people from the custody of the tyrant rulers and provide them easy and cheap justice," Waliur Rehman says, with a white flag in the background.  
However, it should be noted that during the attack on 15 April, hardly a shot was fired and no-one was injured or killed. A total of 384 inmates (out of 944) escaped, including four senior TTP commanders on death row. An official inquiry committee of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government that reported on 16 May found police, paramilitary forces, the civil administration and intelligence agencies “collectively responsible” for the jailbreak. Twenty-seven officials have been suspended. See my blog entry for 24 April for more details.
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