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Terrorists use Facebook, mobile phones in Pakistan

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ATTACKPakistani security officials visit the central jail in Bannu, 170 kilometers south of Peshawar, Pakistan.Photo: AP
ATTACKPakistani security officials visit the central jail in Bannu, 170 kilometers south of Peshawar, Pakistan.Photo: AP

Taliban militants had stormed the a jail in country's northwest primarily to free Adnan Rashid, on death row for an attempt to assassinate former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, and who was in touch with the outside world through a mobile phone, Facebook and blogs.

Over 380 other prisoners along with Rashid had escaped from the Central Jail at Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Security officials have told the media that the Pakistani Taliban carried out the attack primarily to free Rashid, who was sentenced to death by a military court for the attempt on the life of Musharraf in 2003.

Rashid had used mobile phones inside death row cells of different jails where he was held after his conviction, the Dawn newspaper quoted its sources as saying today.

A former junior technician of the Pakistan Air Force, Rashid also contributed to several social networking sites like Facebook and to blogs from inside prison, the report said.

He was in contact with persons outside the prison, including several journalists, through his mobile phone and even sent SMSes to the reporters, the report said.

A total of 384 prisoners, including 21 who were on death row, escaped when hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed the jail in Bannu.

The attackers focussed on the barrack where the death row prisoners were being held, officers told the media. A resident of Chota Lahor area of Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.- PTI


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