Category: Prison Security

Cell Phones A Serious Problem In Correctional Facilities Worldwide

Jailed terrorists using cellphones to plot terror-strikes across Pakistan

Lahore, Mon, 09 Jul 2012ANI

Lahore, July 9 (ANI): High-profile terror suspects in Pakistan are flouting laws by using mobile phones in their prison cells to contact their accomplices in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and settled regions, an intelligence agency report has revealed.The report states that militants detained in Adiala, Haripur and Kot Lakhpat prisons are using cell phones to coordinate with their accomplices. This coordination includes planning and fundraising for terrorist activities, reports The Express Tribune.

Two militants using mobile phones in prison have been identified as Qari Waqas in Kot Lakhpat prison and Shamsul Islam in Haripur jail.

Al-Qaeda militants, meanwhile, are planning kidnapping and assassinations of diplomats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy and consulates across Pakistan in ‘the near future’ and carry out their attacks with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), states the report.

Another intelligence report states that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members based in Miramshah, North Waziristan, planned attacks against law enforcement agencies and on two Army Public Schools located in Rawalpindi.

Terrorists are also planning to target Wah Cantonment installations, and for this purpose, a suicide bomber identified as Obaidullah is being trained near Latamber in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, according to sources.

These intelligence reports have been forwarded to the National Crisis Management Cell of the interior ministry, provincial home departments, provincial police chiefs and provincial heads of other law enforcement agencies. (ANI)

170 Inmates Escape Afghanistan Jail – What A Surprise

Afghanistan: 5 Killed In Jailbreak, Attack

June 8, 2012 | 1024 GMT

Five people were killed and 31 wounded June 8 during a jailbreak coordinated with an attack  on the central prison in Sar-e Pol province, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.A policeman, a militant and three inmates were killed and there were 28 prisoners among the wounded, Deputy Governor Akhtar Mohammad Khairzada said. The fighters coordinated closely with inmates and the prisoners fired at security personnel, an unnamed security official said, adding that 170 prisoners escaped. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Yaqub Zaboli said 20 inmates are confirmed escaped. A bomb was assembled inside the jail and destroyed a wall, Zaboli said, adding that the situation is under control.

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