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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

2008: The year of the audacious Taliban attacks

Saturday, June 14, 2008

First the attack on the Serena Hotel in Kabul, now the Taliban fighters have attacked the main prison in Kanadahar in southern Afghanistan, blasting through its entrance and engaging in a gun battle with police.

Nearly all of the estimated 1,150 prisoners, including up to 400 Taliban, have escaped, Afghan officials have said. Fighters attacked the main prison in Kandahar on Friday with a car bomb and rockets, killing police and freeing prisoners, according to the officials.

Officials with Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said they were aware of the attack but did not have any details.

A Taliban spokesperson said that two suicide bombers blew themselves up near the entrance of the gate to the prison before 30 Taliban fighters on motorcycles attacked and killed 16 policemen.

Kandahar jail was the scene of a mass hunger strike by hundreds of inmates in May, during which 47 of the prisoners sewed their lips shut after complaining they had been tortured and denied fair trials.

posted by Travis, 10:46 am


good lord.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 5:29 am  
that is incredible
commented by Anonymous daniel, 5:30 am  

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