Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

#TECH 24

Mind the Gender Gap : getting more women into the tech sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivian children: heading to work aged 10

Read more

WEB NEWS

Israel and Hamas battle online over public opinion

Read more

FOCUS

Can Chancellor Merkel's winning streak last?

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger in a fertile land...

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting (part 2)

Read more

  • Air Algerie ‘lost contact’ with flight leaving Burkina Faso

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

  • Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death arrives in Italy

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Ceasefire agreed for Central African Republic

    Read more

  • In pictures: Thousands march for Gaza peace in Paris

    Read more

  • Can Jew-kissing-Arab selfie give peace a viral chance?

    Read more

  • France charges Swiss bank UBS with tax fraud

    Read more

  • Israel faces heightened diplomatic pressure as Gaza violence rages

    Read more

  • Botched Arizona execution takes nearly two hours

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria

    Read more

  • Netherlands holds day of mourning for victims of flight MH17

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • Ryanair ordered to pay back €9.6m in illegal state aid to France

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Dozens of Taliban escapees recaptured, hundreds still at large

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-04-26

Afghan authorities said Tuesday they had recaptured 65 of the nearly 500 prisoners who escaped from a Kandahar jail a day earlier. The inmates escaped through a kilometre-long tunnel that the Taliban said took five months to build.

AFP - Authorities said Tuesday they have recaptured 65 prisoners who were among about 500 inmates who escaped in an audacious Taliban-led jailbreak in southern Afghanistan.

The prisoners, mostly insurgents, escaped overnight Sunday through a kilometre-long tunnel that the Taliban said took them five months to dig into the prison in Kandahar city, the heartland of the Islamist insurgency.

A manhunt was launched to recapture the escapees who, according to the Taliban, included more than 100 rebel commanders.

"Afghan national security and ISAF forces launched a huge searching operation right after the prisoners escaped and have massive civilian support and positive results," Kandahar provincial authorities said in a statement.

"Joint security forces have recaptured 65 of the prisoners who escaped from Kandahar prison."

More than 130,000 international troops, mainly from the United States, are in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban and other insurgents.

The daring breakout in the Taliban's heartland, the second from the prison in three years, threatens to undermine recent gains claimed by NATO forces in the area after a US-led troop surge, just as the annual fighting season begins.

It is also a major embarrassment for Afghan forces who are due to take on greater responsibility for security in their country ahead of the planned withdrawal of foreign combat troops in 2014.

Date created : 2011-04-26

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Senior Taliban, hundreds freed in Afghan jailbreak

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    'No evidence' Taliban attack targeted French minister

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Gunmen and suicide bombers launch deadly attack on Kandahar police compound

    Read more

COMMENT(S)