DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Gunmen battled Pakistani security forces for control of a major prison holding hundreds of militants on Monday night, police said.

The gunmen launched their attack with a series of heavy explosions before firing rocket propelled grenades and machineguns, district police chief Sohail Khalid said.

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The prison, in the central town of Dera Ismail Khan, houses Taliban and militants from banned sectarian groups.

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