3 fleeing prisoners re-arrested; 10 return to jail voluntarily
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Three of the 600 prisoners, who fled the central jail of northeastern Kunduz province in late September, have been re-arrested by security forces, an official said on Friday.
The prisoners, including 35 women, escaped as a result of a Taliban attack on the jail and other parts of Kunduz City, the provincial capital. Most of the escapees were involved in criminal cases. Some of them were militants.
The insurgents overran Kunduz City on September 25 after hours of heavy fighting with the security forces. But the city was recaptured during a two weeks clearing operation, supported by US forces.
General Director of Kunduz Jail Mohammad Aslam Kohistani said 10 of the fleeing prisoners -- involved in murder, robberies and smuggling -- had returned voluntarily to the facility.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News jail terms of the returning prisoners ranged between one day and four years. Kohistani said that he was in contact with 12 other prisoners, who were also ready to return.
Three others were re-arrested and brought back to jail by the security forces, he said, adding currently 46 inmates were being held at the facility. Thirty of them are new prisoners.
Some of the returnees said they had come back to serve their terms and be released in an honorable manner. One of them, Abdul Qayyum, said he had been sentenced 12 years in jail in a murder case.
Three months shy of completing his term, he decided to go back to jail. “All of us were surprised when the Taliban came close and fired. Some prisoners escaped and others jumped the walls,” he recalled. Later, the militants broke the gate lock and let all inmates escape, he added.
A provincial police spokesman, meanwhile, said the security forces were conducting operations to recapture all fleeing inmates.
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