Prisoners flee Kabul prison after being freed by Taliban militants


Prisoners fled a prison in Kabul after being freed by Taliban militants.

Footage shows the inmates, reportedly including former Al Qaeda and Islamic State fighters, leaving the Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul on August 15 as Taliban forces surrounded the outskirts of the nation’s capital.

The jailbreak came after Afghan troops surrendered the Bagram air base, where the prison is located, to the Taliban.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 16, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’