First, news was released today of a successful raid by 100 Taliban fighters in Pakistan to free prisoners. (Story here).
Taliban fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades stormed a prison in north west Pakistan and freed 400 prisoners, it emerged today.
The raid by more than 100 fighters was a dramatic display of the strength of the insurgency gripping the nuclear-armed country.
Police said at least 20 of the inmates set loose were 'very dangerous'.
Authorities fear the escaped prisoners may now rejoin the fight, giving momentum and a propaganda boost to a movement that has killed thousands of Pakistani officials and ordinary citizens since 2007.
The attackers battled their way into the prison before dawn in the city of Bannu close to the Afghan border and near Peshawar.
Bannu prison superintendent Zahid Khan said they used explosives and hand grenades to knock down the main gates and two walls.
'They were carrying modern and heavy weapons,' said Mr Khan. 'They fired rockets.'
Once inside the building, the attackers headed straight to the area of the prison where death-row prisoners were being kept, he said.
Police officer Shafique Khan said they fought with guards for around two hours, setting part of the prison on fire before freeing the 380 inmates, including at least 20 'very dangerous Taliban militants'.
The British embassy compound in Kabul was hit by rocket fire yesterday during a series of co-ordinated Taliban attacks across Afghanistan.Reuters reports that there is still fighting going on in Kabul.
At least ten explosions rocked the capital during attacks at seven sites, including the German embassy, Nato bases and the Afghan parliament – where MPs were reported to have fired back at gunmen trying to storm the building.
The Taliban claimed the raids, which involved suicide bombers and were centred on the heavily fortified diplomatic zone and the Nato headquarters, marked the start of its ‘spring offensive’.