Afghanistan Fires Police Chief for Kandahar Prison Break

Posted Jun 26, 2008 by Owen Weldon
A police chief in Kandahar, Afghanistan has been fired for negligence related to a massive jailbreak earlier this month.
Map of Afghanistan
Map of Afghanistan
On Thursday the interior ministry said that after the incident took place the deputy police chief and the criminal investigation director were fired.
Several other officials are also expected to leave their jobs and the cases have been sent to the provincial attorney general's office where further investigation will take place.
Kandahar's main prison was where the incident took place and more than 1,000 prisoners escaped from the prison. More than 300 of the prisoners were Taliban militants.
Within days of the escape Taliban fighters took over several villages near Kandahar city and because of that NATO and Afghan forces had to carry out a major operation to clear the area and make it safe.
In a separate incident the U.S.-led coalition said that a bomb blast hit coalition troops in Wardok province on Thursday and that incident caused some casualties.
Several Taliban insurgents in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Zabul were killed at the hands of Afghan troops and U.S. troops, according to the coalition.
In the Paktika province more than 20 Taliban militants were killed on Wednesday and a coalition helicopter made an emergency landing in the province of Kunar and it is unclear as to why the aircraft made the landing.
The Taliban was removed from power back in 2001 and ever since than Afghan, NATO and U.S. troops have been fighting a resurgent Taliban and other rebels who have strongholds in the southern and eastern parts of the country.