Hundreds Of Militants Escape Afghan Prison Nearly 500 prisoners — many of them Taliban fighters — have escaped from a prison in the southern city of Kandahar. It was the second major prison break in the city in three years.
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Hundreds Of Militants Escape Afghan Prison

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Hundreds Of Militants Escape Afghan Prison

Hundreds Of Militants Escape Afghan Prison

Hundreds Of Militants Escape Afghan Prison

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Nearly 500 prisoners — many of them Taliban fighters — have escaped from a prison in the southern city of Kandahar. It was the second major prison break in the city in three years.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

From Kabul, NPR's Quil Lawrence has the latest.

QUIL LAWRENCE: While the Taliban often exaggerate their claims, this time their propaganda wing announced the breakout before Afghan government authorities even seemed to be aware the prisoners were gone.

ZAIBULLAH MUJAHID: (Speaking foreign language).

LAWRENCE: Local authorities say they have recaptured more than a dozen, but Wahid Omar, spokesman for the Afghan president, admitted the jailbreak was a disaster.

WAHEED OMAR: A prison break of this magnitude, it of course points to vulnerability, and we need to accept this. And what made this incident of this magnitude to happen, we'll come back with more details as to what exactly happened and what we are doing to correct it.

LAWRENCE: Quil Lawrence, NPR news, Kabul.

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