Some men, you just can’t reach
“After the massive explosion, which was heard across the city and destroyed the gate and a police checkpoint, reports say up to 30 motorcycles raced forward, carrying armed men firing rocket-propelled grenades, machine-guns and AK-47s.”
“1,000 inmates escape from Afghan prison after blast,” by Doug Schmidt for Canwest News Service, June 13:
KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan – Canadian soldiers joined other ISAF and Afghan national security forces in a sweeping door-to-door hunt for hundreds of escaped prisoners after the Taliban staged a daring mass breakout at Kandahar City”s Sarpoza Prison late Friday.
A suicide bomber drove up to the prison’s main entrance and detonated his vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. local time. After the massive explosion, which was heard across the city and destroyed the gate and a police checkpoint, reports say up to 30 motorcycles raced forward, carrying armed men firing rocket-propelled grenades, machine-guns and AK-47s. During the ensuing 20-minute battle in the city”s west side, hundreds of prisoners were able to flee. It was still unclear how many escaped from the prison, which houses almost 1,200 inmates, including about 400 Taliban.
A Taliban spokesman said the group is claiming responsibility. […]
One official told Reuters between 750 and 800 prisoners had managed to escape, adding some prisoners were killed in a gun battle between police and Taliban fighters inside the jail.
“I think scores of others are caught up inside,” he said, adding he suspected the gate was blown up by a suicide bomber driving a truck. Several Taliban fighters entered the prison and started freeing the inmates, he said.
The blast caused an unknown number of casualties among the guards, prison director Abdul Qadir told Reuters.
“They (Taliban) used a truck to blow the gate open and all of the guards (at the gate) have been killed and are under rubble,” he said by telephone. As he spoke, bursts of gunfire could be heard in the background.
The two officials who declined to be named said the Taliban fired several rockets at various parts of the mud-built prison.
Probably not the best place to house dangerous inmates posing a high risk of flight.
Hours after the attack, several rockets hit a base used by foreign troops in another part of the city, an official and several residents said. Sirens were heard from inside the base, they added, but no further details were immediately available….