Afghan intelligence: Attack on Afghan prison thwarted

October 11, 2008 09:06

Afghanistan's intelligence service said Saturday it broke up a Taliban plot to attack the country's most notorious prison with a wave of suicide bombers. The thwarted attack on the Policharki prison on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, was meant to free Taliban and criminal prisoners, the Afghan intelligence service said in a statement. The attack would have mirrored a massive assault in June on a prison in Kandahar - the country's second largest city and the spiritual home of the Taliban - that freed almost 900 prisoners, including about 400 Taliban fighters. Three police who worked at Policharki were arrested, the intelligence service said. They were allegedly paid off by militants to help carry out the attack.

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