Hundreds of Inmates Escape as Taliban Insurgents Raid Afghan Jail

There were 436 prisoners in the jail; 351 of them escaped,” Mr. Sediqqi said. Of those who fled, 148 were Taliban prisoners, whom Mr. Sediqqi described as “terrorists on charges of national security crimes.”

“The prison does not meet even 10 percent of standard — it is soft, old and built of mud,” Mr. Faqiri said.