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Hundreds escape from Afghan jail

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More than 470 Afghan prisoners have broken out of jail through an escape tunnel dug by Taliban insurgents underneath the prison walls.

The breakout happened at Kandahar Prison, which is meant to be one of the country’s highest security jails.

A Taliban spokesman said the tunnel had taken nearly five months to complete. He added that 541 inmates had escaped but a local provincial governor said 478 had fled their cells. The jailbreak is the second major escape from the prison in the past three years.

In June 2008, a man blew himself up at the prison gates under the cover of darkness, destroying a nearby checkpoint and freeing up to 1,000 prisoners.