Afghan police thwart Taliban's plot to destroy prison in Kandahar

09:33, March 15, 2010      

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Afghans inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kandahar. Thirty-five people were killed in a Taliban assault on Kandahar described by rebels as a pre-emptive response to Western plans to eradicate them from the strategic city. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Afghan National Police (ANP) thwarted Taliban's plan to break down the main prison in key southern city of Kandahar, the capital of the same name Kandahar province on Saturday evening, spokesman for Interior Ministry Zamarai Bashari said on Sunday.

"It was a pre-planned attack aimed at breaking down the Kandahar prison, which did not succeed and was thwarted by ANP," Bashari told a press conference here.

In the commando-style attacks, Bashari admitted that 35 people were killed including 13 police and 57 sustained injuries with majority of whom civilians.

Six women and three children were also among the dead bodies, he added.

The serial attacks were conducted by four suicide bombers and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), he sad.

In the similar attack, Taliban fighters in mid-2008 stormed the same prison in Kandahar enabling hundreds of inmates including over 300 Taliban prisoners to escape.

Since launching the joint Afghan-NATO operation against Taliban bastion in Marja district of neighboring Helmand province on Feb. 13, the militias have speeded up their activities mostly in the shape of roadside bombing and suicide attacks.

The new bloody multiple attack in Kandahar took place amid reports that Afghan and NATO-led forces would soon launch military operation against Taliban militants in Mianashin and other parts of Kandahar province.

Source: Xinhua
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