Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Fearing more jailbreaks, Afghanistan rushed inmates out of Helmand

Exclusive - Fearing more jailbreaks, Afghanistan rushed inmates out of Helmand | Reuters: 
Afghan authorities rushed 150 "dangerous" inmates from a prison in the restive southern province of Helmand to the capital Kabul at the weekend, officials said, part of a drive to secure prisons after Taliban militants orchestrated two major jailbreaks in recent weeks.
Since mid-September, Taliban fighters have broken out hundreds of inmates, many of them captured insurgent fighters, from two prisons in Afghanistan during a period of heightened insecurity across the country.
The Helmand transfer came after militants clashed with government forces near the provincial capital Lashkar Gah last week, sparking concerns another major Afghan city might fall after the Taliban briefly captured the northern city Kunduz in its biggest military victory in 14 years.

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