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Taliban Inmates Escape Afghan Prison   04/18 06:54

   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped 
from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility 
in a jailbreak that killed three police guards.

   A spokesman for the Faryab provincial government, Ahmad Jawad Dedar, said on 
Friday that the breakout took place the previous night. A fourth inmate who was 
also trying to escape was killed in a shootout with security forces.

   Dedar says the fugitives are low-level Taliban operatives who were jailed 
for planting roadside bombs.

   The four inmates launched their breakout during the nightly count of 
prisoners, throwing several grenades and shooting guards with at least one 
pistol.

   Dedar said authorities have launched a search for the three fugitives and 
are investigating how the weapons were smuggled into the prison.


(KA)


 
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