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500 Taliban Mujahideen Released

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More than 450 prisoners, most of them Taliban fighters, escaped from a prison in Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents dug a 1,000-foot tunnel. (April 25)


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More than 500 Taliban prisoners escape from Kandahar jail




Hundreds of prisoners escaped from a prison in Afghanistan's south on Monday through a tunnel dug by Taliban, officials said, a "disaster" for the Afghan government and its allies!!.


President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman said the incident, in which many Taliban commanders were said to have escaped, exposed serious vulnerabilities in the Afghan government.


"This is a blow, it is something that should not have happened ... We are looking into finding out ... what exactly happened and what is being done to compensate for the disaster that happened in the prison," spokesman Waheed Omer told a news conference.


"It shows a great vulnerability in the Afghan government."


Tooryalai Wesa, governor of volatile southern Kandahar province, told Reuters 478 prisoners escaped due to the negligence of Afghan security forces at the province's main jail. He said the start of the tunnel had been traced to a house near the prison.


General Ghulam Dastgir, the governor in charge of the jail, said the prisoners had escaped through the tunnel, which the Taliban had then lined with explosives.


"No one managed to escape through the main gate, everybody went out through the tunnel. The Taliban worked on it for some seven months," Dastgir said.


"The Taliban have planted bombs inside the tunnel and it is hard to investigate until the explosives are removed," he said.


The prison, touted as one of the most secure in Afghanistan, is on the outskirts of Kandahar city. Analysts said the escape was a serious setback for security, and there was doubt about whether the escape could have taken place without the cooperation of prison guards. Some even questioned whether there had been a tunnel at all.


The Taliban said in a statement 541 prisoners escaped through a tunnel which took months to construct, and were later moved in vehicles to safer locations.


"Mujahideen started digging a 320-meter tunnel to the prison from the south side, which was completed after a five-month period, bypassing enemy checkposts and the Kandahar-Kabul main highway leading directly to the political prison," the Taliban statement said.


It said the tunnel was completed late on Sunday, with hundreds of Taliban escaping over a four-and-a-half hour period immediately afterwards.




Afghan and foreign troops formed a wide perimeter around the prison on Monday morning, making it difficult to verify reports of the jailbreak independently.




Waheed Mujhda, a Kabul-based analyst and an expert on the Taliban, said it was impossible that the Taliban could have dug a tunnel and freed 500 prisoners and that the jailbreak had most likely been carried out in collaboration with prison guards.


"It is either a case of the jailers being financially motivated and being bribed, or a case of them being politically motivated," Mujhda said.


Justice Ministry spokesman Najibi said he could also not rule out the possibility guards in charge of the prison had helped in the escape.


Whether the insurgents had tunneled to the prison or not, the freeing of hundreds of prisoners, including Taliban militants, is embarrassing for the Afghan government and foreign troops who have trumpeted recent security gains in and around Kandahar after months of heavy fighting, Mujhda said.


Kandahar has been the focus of the U.S.-led military campaign over the past year, with tens of thousands of U.S. and Afghan troops launching offensives around Kandahar city.


It also drew comparisons to a similar incident three years earlier. In 2008, Taliban blew open the gate of the Kandahar prison at night, allowing up to 1,000 inmates, including hundreds of Taliban, to escape.


Days after that escape, Taliban fighters seized many villages in districts close to Kandahar and appeared to threaten the city itself, with the government sending more than 1,000 extra troops from the north as reinforcements.




Source: Reuters & Agencies

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The Afghans have shown time and again that they just don't have the grey matter to defend of govern a country. They live in the 8th century. The U.S. should leave them to their primitive way of life.

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