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TheDailyBeast: The Greatest Prison Escapes

Kandahar Prison, Afghanistan (2011)

One of the largest mass escapes in history occurred in April 2011 when close to 500 inmates in southern Afghanistan crawled to freedom through a tunnel 1,100 feet long. Al Jazeera reported that at least 100 members of the group were Taliban commanders, a fact that led President Hamid Karzai to dub the escape a “disaster.” The success of the escape, which was launched at 11 p.m., was attributed largely to the assistance of the Taliban, whose rented house was at the freedom end of the tunnel—where vehicles sat at the ready. Only 26 of the escapees reportedly were captured—two of them were killed.



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