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Taliban Militants Storm Prison in Afghanistan, Free Hundreds of Prisoners

© AP Photo / Rahmatullah NikzadAfghan national army stand guard near the dead body of a Taliban attacker in front of the main prison building after an attack in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Afghan national army stand guard near the dead body of a Taliban attacker in front of the main prison building after an attack in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Officials said the insurgents from the Taliban group attacked the prison, leaving several security soldiers killed in clashes, Afghan TOLOnews reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Taliban militants attacked on Monday a jail in the central Afghan province of Ghazni and released around 350 people, local media has reported, citing officials.

According to the officials, the clashes are underway.

The militant group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed it had freed 400 prisoners.

Afghanistan has been plagued by Taliban insurgency since the early 1990s. The militant movement has become notorious for launching attacks against civilian and state targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A series of attacks across the country claimed the lives of several hundreds of people in 2015.

On July 7, peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government began in Pakistan. The second round of negotiations, scheduled for July 31, was suspended in view of the news of the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

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