Afghan prison break spells trouble

Daring escape by Taliban members involved car jacks to break through concrete floor of Kandahar's main jail.

    The escape by hundreds of prisoners from Kandahar's main jail spells disaster for the Afghan government - and a setback for foreign forces planning to start a gradual withdrawal within months.

    The Taliban said in a statement that 541 prisoners escaped through the tunnel, which took months to construct, and were later moved in vehicles to safer locations.

    It said the prisoners escaped over a four-and-a-half hour period during the night, meaning more than 100 prisoners an hour would have had to crawl out through a tunnel barely large enough to fit one man.

    Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnager takes a close look at the daring jail-break.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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