Ghazni prison escape
|2015 Ghazni prison escape|
|Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
Ghazni province location
|Afghan National Police||Taliban insurgents|
|Casualties and losses|
4 policemen killed|
355+ prisoners freed
|7 militants killed|
Taliban militants stormed a prison outside the city of Ghazni on 14 September 2015, freeing more than 355 inmates (out of 436 housed at the prison). At least 148 of the escapees are considered to be a serious threat to national security. According to the Ministry of Interior, of those escape, 148 had been jailed for attacks on security forces, while 207 had been convicted for other crimes. Only three prisoners had been recaptured.
Gunmen and three suicide bombers attacked the prison early in the morning of 14 September 2015. A Taliban spokesperson said that the group had carried out the attack and said that there were gunmen and three suicide bombers involved in the attack.
— deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said
At least four police guards were killed and seven others were wounded, and three Taliban fighters were also killed in the early morning battle. The interior ministry stated that 355 of the prison's 436 inmates escaped. Most were charged with crimes against national security and other criminal offences.
Responsibility of the attack
— Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement taking responsibility for the attack.
- War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
- Sarposa prison attack of 2008
- Sarposa prison tunneling escape of 2011
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