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

(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.

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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.)

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