Taliban Raid Frees Hundreds of Inmates
Attackers almost emptied Afghan prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2015 4:57 AM CDT
Afghan National Army members stand guard in front of the main prison building after an attack in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, today.   (Rahmatullah Nikzad)
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(Newser) – More than 350 inmates escaped an Afghan prison following a coordinated attack by Taliban insurgents early today, according to both Afghan officials and the Taliban. The deputy governor of Ghazni province says insurgents wearing military uniforms launched a well-organized attack this morning that included using a suicide bomber to breach the compound's walls. Four guards were killed and seven others were wounded, while three insurgents were also killed, the official says.

The deputy governor says 352 inmates escaped and there are now only 84 prisoners left in custody, though 20 of the prison's most dangerous inmates were transferred elsewhere yesterday after a fight broke out. This is the third mass Taliban jailbreak, following the escape of more than 1,000 prisoners from a prison in Kandahar in 2008 and the escape of 500 more from the same prison three years later, and it will probably give the group a boost amid leadership struggles after the death of Mullah Omar, the BBC notes. (Last year, 10 Taliban fighters escaped prison after somebody changed a number on a release form.)