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Hundreds freed as Taliban raid Afghan jail

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Hundreds freed as Taliban raid Afghan jail


A commando-style raid by the Taliban on an Afghan prison has allowed hundreds of inmates, including militants, to escape.

The attack began when the entrance to the jail was blown up by a suicide bomber driving a truck. Dozens of Taliban fighters, armed with rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles then stormed the compound and started to free inmates. At least 15 prison officers were killed.

Afghanistan’s deputy justice minister Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai said the jail in Kandahar had housed some 1,000 inmates, including up to 400 Taliban. Some reports say nearly all those held had escaped.

The Taliban is staging increasingly brazen attacks. In April, it tried to assassinate Afghan President Hamid Karzai as he was attending a military parade near the presidential palace in Kabul.

After the group’s latest assault, a massive manhunt is underway to try to find the escaped prisoners.

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