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As the authorities in NWFP(KPK) blamed ‘intelligence failure’ for Sunday’s jailbreak in Bannu city, a confidential intelligence report claimed that the federal interior ministry was tipped about possible militant strikes three months prior. According to the report, dated January 5, 2012, Commander Askari of the Tariq Geedar militant group was plotting attacks on different targets, including on PAF base in Kohat, Kohat garrison and Lachi police station. The report also warned that the group could mount an assault on the Bannu prison to free Adnan Rashid who has been sentenced to death in connection with the Pervez Musharraf assassination plot, and other dangerous militants. The National Crisis Management Cell had sent the report to K-P’s home secretary, police chief and all others concerned officials, recommending necessary measures to foil such attacks.
A terrorist commander who helped plan the Bannu jailbreak said that his group had inside information. “We had maps of the area and we had complete maps and plans of the jail as well,” he told Reuters. “All I have to say is we have people who support us in Bannu. It was with their support that this operation was successful.” It was not possible to independently verify that account. But the inspector general for prisons in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Arshad Majeed, did not rule out collusion. “It is possible that the attackers had help from the inside. We cannot confirm that but we are investigating to see what happened,” he said.
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