Prison wall destroyed by jailbreak
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Pakistan jailbreak: Taliban free 248 in Dera Ismail Khan

30 July 2013 Last updated at 13:22 BST

Taliban militants have freed 248 prisoners in an assault on a prison in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

Militants armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and bombs blasted down the walls of the jail in the town of Dera Ismail Khan and streamed inside, reports said.

An hours-long gun battle followed into the early hours of Tuesday morning. At least 13 died, including six police.

Correspondents say it is a huge embarrassment for authorities.

The BBC's James Robbins reports.