355 inmates escape from Afghan prison, Taliban claims responsibility

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After militants attacked it in the wee hours of 14 September, around 355 inmates escaped from a prison in Ghazni province in Afghanistan, said an official.

According to the initial information, 352 prisoners, including several Taliban insurgents, fled while the security forces intercepted more than 80 prisoners.

While one militant rammed the prison’s main gate with a car bomb, six more disguised in police uniform entered the jail, to help the inmates leave the complex, said deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi.

The interior ministry confirmed 355 prisoners managed to flee the prison located in the south-eastern part of the provincial capital Ghazni city, 125 km from Kabul.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the incident. Taliban speaker Zabiullah Mujahid in an email said 400 inmates were set free on 14 September. Tens were involved in the attack and three were killed during clashes with the Afghan forces.

Of the 436 prisoners who were imprisoned, 355 prisoners managed to escape after the group attacked the prison. Police forces have launched an operation to arrest them, stated the ministry.

“Four jail cops were killed, while 14 people, including four inmates and 10 security forces, were injured,” Ahmadi said.

Prison breaks have taken place in Afghanistan in the past, including a jail break in southern Kandahar province when hundreds of Taliban inmates escaped in 2011.

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