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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Some people don't need habeas corpus

This is precedent-setting.

Afghan forces hunt fugitives after Taliban jailbreak

The destroyed entrance gate of the Kandahar prison
that was attacked by Taliban militants.
Photograph: Allauddiin Khan/AP

A huge manhunt was under way today for at least 870 fugitives, including 390 Taliban militants, who were sprung from Kandahar's main prison in an audacious assault last night.


None of the prisoners had yet been tracked down, the deputy justice minister, Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, told Reuters.

"It was a very unprecedented attack and, together with foreign forces, an operation has been launched to track down and arrest the prisoners," he said.

The police chief of Kandahar province, Sayed Agha Saqib, said 390 Taliban prisoners were among the 870 inmates who fled the prison during the attack late Friday.

A Nato spokesman put the number of fugitives at around 1,100.

"We admit it," Brigadier General Carlos Branco said. "Their guys did the job properly in that sense, but it does not have a strategic impact.

"We should not draw any conclusion about the deterioration of the military operations in the area. We should not draw any conclusion about the strength of the Taliban."

Prison staff said the assault began when a tanker full of explosives was detonated at the Sarposa compound's main entrance, wrecking the gate and a police post and killing the officers inside.


A local politician said 15 policemen were killed in the storming of the prison and subsequent clashes.


Wali Karzai, the president of Kandahar's provincial council and the brother of the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, said the prison held about 350 suspected Taliban fighters.

"There is no one left," he said.

I knew it was just a matter of time, before this sort of thing happened. Judging by it's success, be prepared to see more of the same in the future.

And dontcha just love that part about "..but it does not have a strategic impact"?

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