Ghazni prison escape

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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
Result Taliban victory
Afghanistan Afghan National Police Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Casualties and losses
4 policemen killed[1]
355+ prisoners freed
7 insurgents killed[citation needed]

Taliban militants stormed a prison outside the city of Ghazni on 14 September 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] According to the Ministry of Interior, of those escape, 148 had been jailed for attacks on security forces, while 207 had been convicted for other crimes. Only three prisoners had been recaptured.[3]


"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

Gunmen and three suicide bombers attacked the prison early in the morning of 14 September 2015. A 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.


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

Responsibility of the attack[edit]

"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]

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid assumed the responsibility for the attacks.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Taliban Attack on an Afghan Prison Has Freed Hundreds of Militants". Time. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Afghan Taliban storm Ghazni prison, freeing hundreds". BBC. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Afghan Taliban storm Ghazni prison, freeing hundreds". BBC News. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Hundreds of inmates escape as Taliban raid Afghan jail". Aljazeera. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Taliban militants kill police, free hundreds of inmates in Afghan prison raid, officials say". ABC. Archived from the original on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 14 September 2015.