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11 escape as Taliban attacks aid Afghan jailbreak

Last Updated: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 20:27

Kabul: A smuggled bomb exploded at a western
Afghan prison just as Taliban fighters staged coordinated
attacks on four police checkpoints early today, allowing 11
inmates, including suspected insurgents, to escape, officials

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the
brazen jailbreak in Farah province, saying it had freed
insurgent comrades being held there.

A guard died in the prison blast and one inmate was shot
and killed while fleeing. One police officer was wounded.

The blast appeared coordinated with armed insurgent
attacks on four police checkpoints on the outskirts of Farah
city, provincial police chief Gen Mohammad Faqir Askir.

"Of course this is the work of the Taliban," Askir said.
"We think that the militants were trying to keep authorities
busy with the attacks on the checkpoints while the explosion

He said there was no armed attack on the prison, only
the explosion.

The prison blast came shortly after 2 am, destroying a
gate and allowing 23 prisoners to run out of the building,
Farah province`s deputy governor Yonus Rasouli said. One
prisoner died and three were wounded when guards opened fire
on the fleeing prisoners.

Eight other inmates were recaptured, but 11 escaped.
One guard wounded in the explosion died later, Rasouli


First Published: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 20:27

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