Taliban blows Afghan jail gate, frees 23 prisoners

Taliban fighters staged a series of raids in western Afghanistan, blowing up the gate of a jail and freeing 23 prisoners, officials said.

Taliban blows Afghan jail gate, frees 23 prisoners

 

Taliban fighters staged a series of raids in western Afghanistan on Sunday, blowing up the gate of a jail and freeing 23 prisoners, officials said.

Fighters attacked four police posts leading to the centre of Farah town early on Sunday, said Mohammad Younus Rasooli, the governor of western Farah province, bordering Iran.

"They kept the police preoccupied and the same time blew up the gate of Farah's jail, which resulted in the escape of 23 prisoners," Rasooli told Reuters by phone.

Four of the inmates were immediately arrested because they had suffered wounds in the escape, he said, adding seven more were captured.

A policeman was killed during the incident, which lasted several hours, he said.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, confirmed that members of the movement were behind the attacks.
 

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2010, 17:40
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