April 25th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

NATO: Hundreds tunnel out of Afghan jail

More than 400 prisoners escaped early Monday from a jail in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for facilitating the escape and said 541 prisoners fled. The NATO0-led International Security Assistance Force said the number was closer to 470.

Waheed Omer, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, called the mass prisoner escape "bad news and a disaster."

It was the second mass escape from the prison.

In June 2008, up to 1,000 prisoners - almost half of them Taliban members - escaped after militants detonated a large truck bomb against the side of the compound.

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  1. pamiri

    to tort or criminal law
    Good you mentioned very good points that shouldn't be stated here, I am agree with you, but also we can not hid and ignore the facts, anyways if you think so some things are not stated according the rules then you shouldn't issue them through this site,
    thanks

    April 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    most of the gaurds and the influence people there in jail is from the same province, who ativist of Taliban like Karzai and they think like Taliban, so why they can easily flee from jail, if you investigate you can find that this happened by Karzai is people, on the one hand Karzai is wasting the resources on south and east and on the ohter hand he support Taliban in on or the other way , one of this example is this, and many times have seen that Karzai has released taliban terrrists, it is not now , this time the international forces should not jail them as get them they must kill them, if karzai is crying or laughing no matter

    April 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    • pamiri

      Good you mentioned very good points that shouldn't be stated here, I am agree with you, but also we can not hid and ignore the facts, anyways if you think so some things are not stated according the rules then you shouldn't issue them through this site,
      thanks

      April 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thino

    my god monkey? ha, i already told you I don't believe in religion (but you ignored that, of course). and i am sorry i had to look up nirukta. it says :

    Nirukta from "nir" meaning forth, out + the verbal root "vac" to speak, utter

    it is just interpretation of language, whose history was not fully known

    April 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The history of nirukta is a secret for most.

      April 26, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • thino

      When I said whose history wanst known I mean the languages full history; and its possible internal connections

      April 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thino

    i cannot post a reply for some reason.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    I bet that the NATO forces will get plenty glassy-eyed after seeing the above!

    April 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NucularInternets

    lulz

    Great security, NATO.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. salerno

    24 prisoners were recaptured.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pamiri

    This is the Karzai and his supporters action to show for the NATO that even Taliban can flee form the jail, without Karzai’s help Taliban could not flee from the jail, the tunnel must takes months, the question is this, how it is possible in months the government and its intelegent sources have not had any information accordingly, unless there is no the participation of government’s authority, like attack on defense ministry, Karzai you can not longer one up the international forces by your these kind shameful actions

    From Kabul

    April 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Stop US paid propaganda. Did Karzai dig the tunnel night time ? Are not the americans able to collect information having the controll in the territory and the techonology ? What were doing the canadian and afghan guards ?

      April 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Napoli

    Are these guys, who dug, Mexican, hired buy Taliban?

    The Coalition should Hunt, Find, and Hire these guys! What an undertaking and execution, I'll give them that.

    Go, Go, Go, Bad Team??? Dude, say your prayers.

    When they are found next time, use bullets please. Not hand cuffs. Save time and money (and embarrassment).

    April 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Folks,this Napoli here is nothing but another right-wing nutjob. With clowns like these voting at the polls,this country will always be in trouble so it would best not to pay him any attention!!!

      April 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Andrew – Completely agree with you. Napoli is a clown and deserves no attention.

        April 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      Yes, because executing prisoners is a great way of extracting whatever valuable information they may have had...

      April 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        War baby....that happens in war.....People Die and get shot. Rules? Has there ever been a war where rules were respected? Have you ever read a history book? I'll bet these guys were telling their captures where the tunnel was being dug right up until that night......information....you're funny, Nuc.

        April 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Riza Afghan

    "Prison Break" TV Series Style😛😛😛😛😀

    Not 1, not 2 but whole 500 Taliban terrorist, LoooooooooooooL

    I think Guard were stoned or were smoking weed when they all escaped. If 10 escapes from a jail, all guards finds out some of them are missing but 500 missing LMAO😛

    oh my god, i can't stop laughing, stupid Guards!!!

    any way, good luck finding them😉

    April 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • thino

      hahaha

      April 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • thino

      "The Afghan Redemption"

      April 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    Fabulous news indeed!!! Now let's just hope that they don't get caught. Now I suppose that a lot of right-wing nutjobs are going to bawl their eyes out over this,the idiots!!!

    April 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jonathon williamson

    how dare you allow an interviewee insinuate that it is canada's fault that close to 500 prisoners escaped because we are the ones there training the prison guards. we are the ones there!! we did not abandon afganistan to invade iraq, instead we stayed behind to pick up the us's slack to truly help the afgan people – with no ulterior motives. we are your #1 leading ally, coalition force and trading partner. stop treating us like fools and give canadian soldiers the respect they deserve. they are among the most respected soldiers in the world because they are honest, fair and respectful, of yah – and we don't torture prisoners, we treat people with humane respect! the fact that your country allowed bush to serve a second term and essentially demolish the world's opinion of the us, you are hardly one to talk. i sooo hope you give obama a second term to undo all of bush's damage, it would be the smartest thing the us has done in a long long time.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy f

      Absolutely! It is about time the US starts to respect Canada and stop treating it like another state. The US's reputation worldwide is one of a mistrust, rudeness and arrogance. It used to be a great country years ago, but it is about time the US stops resting on the laurels of their great past and wake-up and realize they need to humble up and be more of a team player and less of an arrogant 'we know evrything' type country. Obama is the only one that can do that at the moment. God help us all if the US people are dumb enough to elect a completely ignorant bozo like Trump to be president. By the way, I am an American.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • s. johnson

      are you drunk, an idiot or both – what the heck are you trying to say. i suggest you stop using the word hindu in such a derogatory, disrespectful way. or you just another ignorant stupid american, which i am guessing is the case since you cannot even speak proper english.

      April 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      jonathon- I agree that Canada is better than US and more respectfull of human rights. Your country is not the only one mistreated among the US allies. They are arrogant versus many others. So I think USA should be isolated and expelled from Nato.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        Thank you,salerno. I couldn't agree more!!!

        April 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • thino

      "hindu is from word hindered" haha your stupid speculation look what other historians have to say (not ignorant you who makes speculations). awake and free yourself from your own desire of proving your speculation right, when in fact they are trash. look i have a speculation too. word a$$ comes from ltin associo. hahaha. Hun is different than Han which is also differnt than Hin. you are speculating : appyling what you think to a broken set of facts to glue them together. hun was a name. hin was a corrupted name sin for river tribes. han comes from a old turkish language.

      April 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Hindu and hindered is an example of what Hindu call " NIRUKTA".

      April 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • thino

      i cant post a reply for some reason

      April 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • thino

      my god monkey? ha, i already told you I don't believe in religion (but you ignored that, of course). and i am sorry i had to look up nirukta. it says :

      Nirukta from "nir" meaning forth, out + the verbal root "vac" to speak, utter
      3333333333333333333333333
      it is just interpretation of language, whose history was not fully known

      April 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Nirukta is a traditional way to explain something through words having similar letters, like Yacobi did with hindu and hindered. Every traditional language has these tools from the Hebraic to Sanscrit to Arabic.

      April 26, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • thino

      no, i'm sorry, i think i did not mean what you think i said. i meant to say i believe in what is; i don't worship anything. i don't believe in any higher power. i used wrong word nature, sorry. i meant more 'natural",

      in my old post, i said my religion was nature, if you could call it that. i meant to say i believe in only what can be shown to me within reason.

      April 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      thino – There is no contradiction in Yacobi using nirukta-like methods, as even other languages used similar methodology, like i said for Hebraic, Arabic, and even Dante used something similar in the old italian language. The only difference is that Yacobi used this method mixing 2 different languages, while nirukta was referred inside 1 language.
      For istance the word Purusha (spirit) is explained separing 2 component PUR -US (burning) or PURU-SHAYA (living like a king in a city).

      April 27, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. andrew lubin

    if we're ultimately unsuccessful in Afghanistan, it will be due to the corruption and double-dealings of the Karzai family that clearly allowed this to happen.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Karzai could not be responsible for that. Afghan people are helping the Taliban as they cannot tolerate anymore US occupation.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |