Hundreds of Taliban in tunnel jail escape what a fucking shame.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:21 AM
A Taliban official on Monday also confirmed the overnight escape, boasting that the prison break had been "very well-planned" and that it was five months in the making, Al Jazeera's Qais Azimy, reporting from Kabul, said.
According to a Taliban statement the tunnel was not dug by the inmates but by fighters outside the prison.
"Mujahideen started digging a 320 metre-long to the prison from the south side, which was completed after a five-month period, bypassing check posts and the Kandahar-Herat main highway leading directly to the political prison," the statement read.
"The tunnel reached its target last night, from where the prisoner Mujahideen were led away through the escape route by three previously informed inmates in a period of four-and-a-half hours, starting from 11pm last night and ending at 3:30am this morning. Mujahideen later on sent vehicles to the inmates who were led away to secure destinations."
"They all have made it safe to our centres and there was no fighting," Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said.
Ahmadi said that 106 were Taliban commanders while the rest were foot soldiers. Kandahar police said they had re-captured eight commanders so far.
The Taliban claim that the prison guards did not notice the escape until four hours after the operation was completed.
The prison in southern Afghanistan typically holds drug dealers as well as Taliban fighters captured by NATO forces, our correspondent said.
If number of escapees is correct then the break would constitute a "big success" for the Taliban and would "have a dramatic effect on the fight against the Taliban in the region," said Azimy.
There have been previous escapes from this prison. In June 2008, Taliban fighters attacked the facility, blasting through its entrance and engaging in a gun battle with police.
Nearly all of the estimated 1,150 prisoners, including some 400 Taliban, escaped, according to Afghan officials.
A Taliban spokesperson said that two suicide bombers blew themselves up near the entrance of the gate to the prison before 30 Taliban fighters attacked and killed 16 policemen.
Kandahar prison was also the scene of a mass hunger strike by hundreds of inmates in May 2008 during which 47 inmates sewed their lips shut after complaining they had been tortured and denied fair trials.
Kandahar is seen as the birthplace of the Taliban movement and the city and surrounding area has been the scene of some of the worst fighting in Afghanistan.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 02:59 PM
Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:48 PM
Not really. All the prisoners are registered and can put back into jail. It´s just a question of time. It´s easy to find them. The only question is will Pashtun population, the so-called ''innocent'' and ''normal civilians'' work with the police and army or not. Even if they don´t, it doesn make really anything.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:37 PM
به مشکل بگو من یه خدای بزرگ دارم
Go tell the wolves that although the father has been killed,
The father's gun is with us still
Tell them that although all the men of the tribe have been killed,
There is a young boy in the cradle still
Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:12 PM
Didn´t I say someone from within is behind this coup? ... possibly ordered by Pashtunists and KharZai self to close himself with the Taliban since he is losing more and more power and his Mirwais Jan the tailed kid becoming day to day closer to get another immigrant.
Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:15 PM
Some went further, suggesting they may even have condoned the plot as a way of building bridges with the Taliban and furthering peace efforts by President Hamid Karzai's government as NATO troops start withdrawing.
Either way, analysts agreed the operation at Kandahar prison was a major win for the Taliban at the start of the Afghan fighting season, which Western officials see as key to assessing how far a U.S.-led troop surge has succeeded.
"This is a tremendous achievement for the Taliban because the Taliban were under heavy pressure in the greater Kandahar area ... and now they have been able to free some high-profile commanders," political analyst Haroun Mir said.
"It is a morale boost for them."
The breakout took place over several hours overnight Sunday.
Posted 30 April 2011 - 06:19 AM
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