Intelligence officials on April 17 said that
the intelligence services had warned the Government
three months ago about a possible attack on
a prison in Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that
was raided on April 15, 2012, freeing around
400 prisoners including militants, reported
Dawn. The intelligence information
was conveyed to the Government through a letter
dated January 5, 2012. The letter identified
Bannu jail as a target, along with the Pakistan
Air Force base in the north-western garrison
town of Kohat, the Kohat cantonment and a
Police Station. “The intelligence information
about the possible attacks was shared with
the Government in January 2012,” a senior
intelligence official said.
Separately, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government
asked Federal Government to place names of
200 escaped prisoners of Bannu jail in the
Exit Control List (ECL), reports The News.
According to the sources, the Provincial Government
sent a list of 200 prisoners to the Federal
Government, asking the Government to place
the prisoners' name in ECL.