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Hundreds of prisoners flee after Taliban jail raid

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A huge manhunt is underway in Afghanistan after the Taliban attacked a jail, enabling hundreds of prisoners to escape.

The raid began when a suicide bomber drove a truck into the gate of the prison in Kandahar. Dozens of Taliban fighters, armed with rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles then stormed the compound and started to free inmates.

Nearly 900 prisoners escaped according to Afghan deputy justice minister Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, including more than 380 militants. He said seven guards were killed in the assault. Earlier reports put the figure higher.

The commando-style raid is the latest in a series of increasingly brazen attacks by the Taliban.

Separately, an explosion in western Afghanistan today killed four soldiers from the US-led coalition force.