Nearly all prisoners flee Kandahar jail - officials

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 13 Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:59am IST

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 13 (Reuters) - Nearly all of an estimated 1,150 prisoners, including some 400 Taliban inmates, have fled a prison in Kandahar on Friday after Taliban insurgents blew open the main gate, two officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Taliban also fired several rockets at various parts of the mud-built prison in the province, a stronghold of the ousted Taliban movement. (Writing by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Caroline Drees)

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