Afghan security forces taking position on top of the prison building following an insurgent attack on Monday. (Photo: AP)
A large group of Taliban insurgents stormed a prison in central-eastern Ghazni province early on Monday, according to local officials.
The incident took place in police district 3 of Ghazni city at around 5 am when three insurgents detonated their explosives, following by small arms fire by their accomplices.
The jail is about five km outside Ghazni city, which is about 120 km from Kabul city.
Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor of Ghazni, confirmed the attack that began with a suicide car bombing, which allowed other insurgents to go inside the main prison compound.
The attackers, he said, were wearing police uniform and the attack was well-organized. The guards at the prison initially did not suspect that it was an insurgent attack.
At least four policemen guarding the prison were killed in the attack and seven others were wounded, according to Mr. Ahmadi. Three attackers also died.
As a result of chaos, at least 350 prisoners managed to escape from the prison, according to officials.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said was carried out by three suicide bombers and other gunmen.
The attackers, he said, were wearing police uniform and the attack was well-organized. The guards at the prison initially did not suspect that it was an insurgent attack
It is not the first time inmates have managed to escape from various prisons in Afghanistan.
In 2011, nearly 500 prisoners, including some dreaded Taliban members, had escaped from a jail in Kandahar city through a long tunnel that was dug from the outside.
In July 2010, 19 prisoners escaped from a prison in southern Farah province after an insurgent blast.
In a similar incident in November 2009, 12 prisoners fled a prison in Farah through another tunnel.
In June 2008, more than 900 prisoners escaped from Sarposa prison in southern Kandahar province after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in front of the main gate.
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