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Hundreds of Inmates Escape After Taliban Storms Afghan Prison

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    Afghan national army stand guard near the dead body of a Taliban attacker in front of the main prison building after attack in Ghazni province, eastern of Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. An Afghan official says that more than 350 inmates have escaped after an attack by the Taliban insurgents on the main prison in eastern Ghazni province.

    Several hundred inmates escaped after Taliban militants attacked a prison overnight, Afghan officials said, NBC News reported. 

    The siege began when a suicide bomber detonated a device near the gate of the main prison in Ghazni at around 2 a.m. local time, Deputy Provincial Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told NBC News.

    "Very well-armed and well-organized" militants followed closely behind, he said.

    The assault sparked a firefight, which lasted almost an hour and left at least four police officers and three attackers dead. Seven other officers were injured in the attack, according to Ahmadi.