Following a coordinated attack by Taliban militants, At least 350 inmates escaped an Afghan jail, the Taliban, and an Afghan official said.
Deputy governor of Ghazni province, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, said today that militants wearing military uniforms launched a well-organized attack today morning which includes using a suicide bomber to breach the compound’s walls of the prison. 4 guards on the duty were killed and 7 others were injured, also three militants were killed.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack on the Ghazni jail in a message sent to the reporters.
More than 350 prisoners fled the prison, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry, and only 82 prisoners remain in custody in the prison.
But, he added that 20 of the prison’s most dangerous prisoners had been sent to another facility a day earlier after a fight broke out.
Authorities in Ghazni said that there were attacks by the groups in at least 10 different regions of the city on Sunday night.
“There was an organized attack around 2:00 a.m. on the Ghazni prison, to make their plan successful the enemy at the same time launched attacks in different locations of the city as well,” Ahmadi said, adding that the suicide car bomber breached the jail’s entrance gates while security forces were busy defending other parts of the city.
“At least 148 of the escaped inmates are considered to be a serious threat to national security,” the Interior Ministry statement said, adding that three of the escaped prisoners have been recaptured so far.