400 prisoners break out of Pakistani jail at the hands of the Taliban

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Taliban members pulled off what is being called Pakistan's largest jail-break early Sunday morning, freeing hundreds of prisoners and reiterating fears of worsening security conditions in the area nearing Afghanistan, the New York Times reported.
Militants stormed the prison at 1:30 a.m., freeing approximately 400 of 900 inmates, about 30 of whom have previous association with the Taliban, CBS News reported.
The attack appeared to be waged in order to free a militant commander who attempted to assassinate former Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the New York Times reported.
Authorities shut down mobile phone networks in a search effort and arrested 11 prisoners by Sunday evening. Twenty more willingly turned themselves into the prison,said the home minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Mohammad Azam Khan, according to the New York Times.
The Taliban is also suspected to be behind attacks in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, just hours before the break out, according to CBS News.

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