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Hundreds of Prisoners Escape from Afghan Prison

Hundreds of Prisoners Escape from Afghan Prison

Taliban claims responsibility for digging 320-meter escape tunnel

Afghan officials say more than 400 prisoners, many of them Taliban insurgents, have escaped through a tunnel from the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for digging the 320-meter tunnel to the prison over a five-month period, bypassing government checkpoints.

The Taliban says its construction efforts finally reached the prison late Sunday, when the prisoners began their escape to freedom.

In 2008, hundreds of prisoners, including members of the Taliban, escaped from the same prison when insurgents blew open the gates.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.