Sunday Jun 10, 201212:42 AM GMT
Five sacked over Afghan jailbreak
Taliban fighters blew a hole in the side of Sar-e-Pol prison in northern Afghanistan late on June 7, allowing dozens of inmates to escape.
Taliban fighters blew a hole in the side of Sar-e-Pol prison in northern Afghanistan late on June 7, allowing dozens of inmates to escape.
Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:36AM
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The Afghan Interior Ministry has announced that two officials and three other people have been sacked for "negligence" in regard to a jailbreak in Sar-e-Pol province in which 32 prisoners, including members of the Taliban, escaped.


Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told AFP on Saturday that the provincial police chief, the prison director, and three other prison employees have been fired and will be interrogated in Kabul.

"The initial investigation shows that the police chief and the director of the prison of Sar-e-Pol have been negligent in their duties, and thus fired and summoned to Kabul," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Eighteen of the prisoners have now been captured but 14 are still on the run, four of whom are members of the Taliban while the 10 others are common criminals.

The attack on the prison in Sar-e-Pol, the capital of the northern province of the same name, which is located 349 kilometers (217 miles) north of Kabul, started after a large explosion blew a hole in the wall of the detention facility shortly after darkness fell on June 7.

Taliban gunmen then assailed the jail and a battle broke out in which three inmates were killed and 28 injured, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 170 prisoners, including their district governors and commanders, escaped.

In April 2011, more than 500 Taliban inmates escaped from the heavily-fortified prison in the city of Kandahar, situated 389 kilometers (241 miles) south of Kabul. It was said that 106 of the escapees were key Taliban commanders.

The prisoners had dug a 360-meter-long tunnel under the prison grounds, which took over six months to complete, according to Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi.

The Taliban said that they had vehicles waiting for the prisoners at the end of the tunnel, somewhere outside the prison.

In 2008, about 1,000 prisoners, including Taliban militants, escaped from Kandahar prison after the Taliban used a truck bomb to blow open the gates.

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