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From prison to prison breakWritten by Hashimzai
Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:58
Afghan Facebook users have compared the escape of over 400 Taliban prisoners from a jail in the southern Kandahar Province with the 2005-2009 American television serial drama in which the main actor, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), orchestrates an extraordinary jail break.
Off course the Taliban had banned TV during their reign in 1996-2001 and it would be bizarre to suggest if the insurgents were inspired by the drama. In the drama, Scofield implements a very intelligent plan to take his brother and few other inmates out of a highly-secure prison but in reality the Taliban dug a long tunnel to release hundreds of their comrades from the Sarpoza Prison on 24 April.
As the Taliban take credit for their brazen jail break, the government has no excuse to justify the scandal. Officials in Kabul described the jail break as a "disaster" and as usual promised investigations to find out how the massive jail breakout happened. One answer is already clear and does not need further probing: the inmates escaped through a tunnel which was wisely dug by the insurgents several months before the mass escape.
This is the second time that prisoners escape from the Sarpoza Jail in large numbers. On 15 June 2008, the Taliban attacked the prison and enabled almost 1,000 of their alleged supporters to run away.
Sarpoza is only one among numerous jails and detention centres where alleged Taliban insurgents have been incarcerated. Thousands of individuals facing terrorism and insurgency charges are currently locked up in the state-run Pole Charkhi Prison in Kabul and in several prisons managed by the U.S. military inside and outside the country. A recent investigative report by the Associated Press found out that there are at least 20 secret jails used by U.S. armed forces in different parts of Afghanistan where terrorism and insurgency suspects are held and investigated outside any control or supervision by the Afghan Government.
Backed by NATO-U.S. forces, provincial authorities in Kandahar have launched massive search and arrest operations in a desperate effort to at least capture some of the fugitives. In the drama, Scofield, the Prison Break star, never returns to the jail from where he escapes but dies in his struggle for freedom. It would be hard to believe that the government would return all the escapees back to their cells in the Sarpoza Prison.
While the TV drama shows a super intelligent man breaching stringent security to walk out of a prison, the Taliban used a simple plan to break the jail.