Taliban helps 470 inmates to escape from Kandahar jail

April 25th, 2011 - 12:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Kandahar, April 25 (ANI): The Taliban has helped 470 inmates to escape from a prison in Kandahar, south of Afghanistan on Monday.

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

This is the third time that the Kandahar jail has been attacked over the past few years and the detainees have been able to escape.

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

Xinhua quoted him as saying that the prisoners made their escape after digging a hole.

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

On the other hand, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, stressed that over 500 Taliban detainees have escaped from the jail.

In talks with media via telephone from an undisclosed location, the Taliban purported spokesman emphasized 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. (ANI)

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