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2015 Ghazni prison escape
Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)
Ghazni in Afghanistan.svg
Ghazni province location
DateSeptember 14, 2015
LocationGhazni, Afghanistan
Result Taliban victory
(355+ prisoners freed).
Afghanistan Afghan National Police Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Casualties and losses
4 policemen killed[1] 7 Taliban killed

Taliban militants on Monday stormed into a prison outside the city of Ghazni in September 14 of 2015, freeing more than 355 inmates (out of 436 housed at the prison). At least 148 of the escapees are considered to be a serious threat to national security.[2]


Gunmen and three suicide bombers attacked the prison early on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Taliban spokesperson said that the group had carried out the attack and said that there were gunmen and three suicide bombers involved in the attack.

"Around 2:30 am 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 said


at least four police guards were killed and seven others were wounded, and that three Taliban fighters were also killed in the early morning battle. The interior ministry said 355 of the prison's 436 inmates escaped. Most were charged with crimes against national security and other criminal offences.

Resposnsibility of the attack

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Assumed the responsibility for the attacks.[3]

"This successful operation was carried out at 2:00am and continued for several hours. The jail was under Taliban control,In this operation, 400 of our innocent countrymen were freed ... and were taken to mujahideen-controlled areas."

— Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement taking responsibility for the attack.[4]

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