Over 470 inmates escape from Afghanistan prison

April 25th, 2011 - 12:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, April 25 (IANS) Over 470 inmates escaped from a prison in Afghanistan’s Kandahar town early Monday after digging a hole, an official said.

“Some 476 inmates made their good escape from the Kandahar jail early today,” chief of the Kandahar jail Ghulam Dastgir Mayar told Xinhua.

He also admitted that the prisoners made their escape after digging a hole.

Deputy to Kandahar provincial police chief Shir Shah Yusufzai said so far eight escaped prisoners had been re-arrested.

Some 1,000 inmates, according to an official who declined to give his name, are held in the Kandahar jail.

Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, said over 500 Taliban detainees have escaped from the jail.

Talking to the media from an undisclosed location, Taliban’s purported spokesman said that militants, after digging a 360-meter long tunnel, enabled 541 militants including 106 commanders to escape.

Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, is the second major base of the NATO and US troops after Bagram, in Afghanistan.

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