Taliban fighters have raided a prison in the central Afghan city of Ghazni, killing police officers and releasing many prisoners.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred early on Monday.
“Around 2:30am six Taliban insurgents wearing military uniforms attacked Ghazni prison. First they detonated a car bomb in front of the gate, fired an RPG and then raided the prison,” deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told AFP news agency.
According to Ahmadi, at least four police guards were killed and seven others were wounded. He added that three Taliban fighters were also killed in the early morning battle.
He also said 352 inmates escaped after the attack but the Afghan interior ministry said up to 400 managed to flee.