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Taliban Storm Afghan Prison, Free Inmates


Afghan army soldiers stand over the body of a Taliban insurgent outside a prison in Ghazni on September 14.

Taliban militants have stormed a prison in the central Afghan city of Ghazni, killing police officers and releasing hundreds of prisoners.

Ghazni Province's deputy provincial governor, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, said the attack began early on September 14 with a suicide car bombing that then allowed other insurgents to get inside the compound.

Ahmadi said more than 400 prisoners had escaped. About 80 had been recaptured and 352 were on the run, including about 150 Taliban.

Seven Taliban and four members of the security forces were killed in the attack, he said.

"Roads to the prison were covered with land mines in advance to avoid reinforcement," Ahmadi told reporters. "An army vehicle coming for reinforcements was blown up by a roadside bomb while trying to reach the prison."

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the group had carried out the attack, which he said was carried out by gunmen and three suicide bombers.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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