Militants rescue 350 prisoners in Afghanistan suicide attack
Taliban militants, including suicide bombers and gunmen, stormed a jail in Ghazni, South West Afghanistan killing at least four police officers and fleeing 352 prisoners.
Among those fleed by the attackers included 150 Taliban. The terror group claims “important military Mujahideen” has been released.
It is believed that explosives were used by to blow up the main prison entrance so secure the release of the prisoners.
At least two bodies of suspected suicide bombers and a blown-up car were seen by a Reuters reporter in the aftermath of the attack.
The deputy provincial governor of Ghazni province Mohammed Ali Ahmadi said the attack happened Monday morning.
It is reported, the attackers were well-organized and wearing military uniforms and one attacker blew himself up at the prison gates, allowing others to force open jail cells.
There was no immediate confirmation on how many security guards were killed in the attack from the Afghan security forces. Police told Reuters that “many“ prisoners had escaped.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that “all“ of the prisoners were freed in the 2AM (22:00 GMT) attack.
“Forty Afghan security forces and prison guards were killed in the prison break and important military Mujahideen officials have been freed,” Mujahid claimed, as cited by Reuters.
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