Ghazni jailer arrested, hunt for fleeing inmates on
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The central jail chief officer has been arrested following a brazen Taliban attack that enabled hundreds of inmates to flee the facility in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.
The Taliban stormed the central jail in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, on Saturday night using a car suicide bombing to breach the prison’s wall. The ensuing shootout left four Taliban attackers and as many policemen guarding the jail dead while 355 inmates fled.
Ghazni police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar told Pajhwok Afghan News the prison’s chief had been detained for interrogation and police had launched a search operation to find inmates on the run. He said several prisoners who escaped had been rearrested, but gave no figures.
The provincial council chief, Khaliqdad Akbari, accused the police chief and the jailer of being complicit in the jailbreak. “The police chief is an irresponsible person and should be fired,” he said.
He questioned how hundreds of prisoners could escape through the many checkpoints in the area, asking the government to investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) said it had sent a delegation to Ghazni for investigation into the incident.
Another provincial council member, Amanullah Kamrani, also called for the police chief to be removed from his job. “The police chief has terminated some district police chiefs which resulted in increased police casualties,” he said.
But the police chief said the PC members should not say anything without proof, saying the PC head had asked him to appoint a district police chief, but he did not accept the illegal demand.
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