Inmates’ escape bid at Pul-i-Charkhi jail foiled
KABUL (PAN): The country’s chief director of prisons, Gen. Amir Mohammad Jamshidi, on Wednesday said a jailbreak attempt by some prisoners had been thwarted at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail, east of Kabul, rejecting Taliban’s claim that 15 men had fled.
The Taliban on Tuesday said 15 prisoners, most of them insurgents, escaped Monday night from the fortified jail. The fleeing men had joined the Taliban and were reunited with their families, Zabihullah Mujahid, the rebel spokesman, said in a statement.
He identified the Taliban inmates as Samiullah, Dilawar, Wali Jan, Zia Ahmad Kandahari, Zia Ahmad Ghaznawi, Zabihullah, Saboor, Omar, Massoud, Sadiq and Massoud Sani.
However, Jamshidi said some Taliban inmates attempted to escape, but their bid was foiled by security officials.
“In order the prisoners celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and share greetings, we opened the jail’s doors to them,” he said. But some inmates, including Taliban and Al Qaeda men, tried to take advantage of the opportunity and reached the jail’s ground, but they were forcibly brought back to their cells by prison officials,” he added.
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