Early on Monday morning, a devastating Taliban attack on Afghan prison freed hundreds of hardened criminals, most of them were militants. The said prison is located in the city of Ghazni in central Afghanistan. It is reported by the deputy provincial governor of Ghanzi, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, that the Taliban attack on Afghan prison began at approximately 02:30 in the morning. The approach of the attack was rather similar to a cruel attack in PMS Peshawar, Pakistan. Taliban militants, 6 of them, dressed in military uniform, successfully detonated a car bomb at the prison gates. This was followed by a grenade after which they stormed the ability.
The Taliban attack on Afghan prison led to the deaths of four police officers and three Taliban militants. The offensive lasted for several hours. According to BBC 80% of the prisoners were able to flee and most of them were Taliban operatives. A spokesperson from Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, took responsibility of the attack and was reported to have stated the following:
In this operation, 400 of our innocent countrymen were freed … and were taken to mujahideen-controlled areas
According to the interior ministry of Afghanistan, the Taliban attack on Afghan prison let a total of 355 captives escape. Given what these militants are capable of, that is a frightful amount especially considering how difficult it must have been to capture them in the first place. In the past few years, this particular Taliban attack brings the grand total to three; three major prison breaks in the country.
Ghazni is a small town with a population of just over 150,000 people. Earlier we were talking about Shawal Valley in Pakistan, how it is a smuggling line used by Talibans into Afghanistan, and how it is dotted with Taliban bases. While the Operation Zarb-e-Azb (An offensive by Pakistan against militants) is proceeding very successfully, this breakout from Ghazni cannot be good for the country. Ghazni is a mere 193 kilometers (approximately), by road, to Shawal Valley. The attack by Taliban on Afghan prison may well have made things a little difficult in the Shawal Valley area. Given that that is the only area where key Taliban positions are, they could use some backup.
At any rate, we are hoping that no such prison breaks occur, or at least, the prison locations should be revealed to the general public or anyone but the primary authorities, in order to thwart such plans before they even begin. This particular Taliban attack on Afghan prison was the third of its kind as mentioned before, Afghan government could therefore learn from this and maybe come up with a play of sorts to deceive Taliban militants. Let us know what you think in the comments below, especially regarding Taliban captives and how they can be controlled.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.