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    41 key Taliban prisoners escape thru tunnel: More insecurity feared KANDAHAR, Oct 11: Forty-one Taliban prisoners tunnelled out of jail in southern Afghanistan
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 13, 2003
      41 key Taliban prisoners escape thru tunnel: More insecurity feared

      KANDAHAR, Oct 11: Forty-one Taliban prisoners tunnelled out of jail
      in southern Afghanistan in a dramatic escape that is embarrassing for
      the government and presents yet another security headache in the
      troubled region.

      The break-out from the main jail in the volatile southern city of
      Kandahar occurred on Friday night, the city's security chief Gen
      Salem told Reuters. He said all the prisoners were from one barracks
      of the jail, which houses some 400 prisoners.

      "Last night, in the middle of the night, about 40 prisoners escaped
      through a 30-metre tunnel," he said. "They included some important
      Taliban - one was the brother of Maulavi Obaidullah."

      Obaidullah was Taliban defence minister and has evaded capture since
      the Taliban government was overthrown by US-led forces two years ago.
      In June, he was named as part of a 10-man leadership council by
      shadowy Taliban leader Mulla Omar.

      Taliban spokesman Haji Abdul Latif said Obaidullah's brother was
      Maulavi Abdullah and there were a total of 41 escapees, all of whom
      were from the Taliban. Senior government intelligence official
      Attaullah Khan said it was possible some prison guards assisted the
      escape, but Latif said the prisoners acted alone.

      Kandahar province has been the scene of many recent Taliban attacks
      that have curtailed aid and reconstruction work.

      The escape will also be an embarrassment for the new governor for
      Kandahar, Yusuf Pashtun, who was appointed by President Hamid Karzai
      only in August. Kandahar, which borders Pakistan, was the birthplace
      of the Taliban.

      In late August, officials said the jail on the outskirts of the city
      was holding 50 to 60 "political inmates", a term usually used to
      describe Taliban members.-Reuters

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top13.htm&date=20031012

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