Prisoners escape from Afghan prison

June 14th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Nearly an estimation of 1,150 prisoners, including 400 Taliban inmates, fled from the jail, two officials in the southern city of Kandahar. 750 and 800 prisoners had managed to escape, and some prisoners were killed in a gun battle between police and Taliban fighters in the jail.

“They (Taliban) used a truck to blow the gate open and all of the guards (at the gate) have been killed and are under rubble,” he said by telephone. As he spoke, bursts of gunfire could be heard in the background.

After a few hours, the Taliban fired several rockets at various parts of the mud-built prison. Several rockets hit a base used by foreign troops in another part of the city.

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