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World-wide alert over Taliban jailbreak

2011-05-27 20:35

Lyon - Interpol has sent an alert to its partner-states asking for help in tracking 417 people who escaped from an Afghan prison last month, the international police organisation said in a statement on Friday.

The alert will "strongly help mobilise efforts by Afghanistan and the international community to find these fugitives by disseminating identifying information on them," said Mick O'Connell, the group's Operational Support Director.

The April 24 jailbreak orchestrated by the Taliban at the Sarposa prison in Kandahar constituted "a major threat to global security", according to Interpol.

The alert was sent "at the request of the National Central Bureau in Kabul", to all 188 member-states asking for assistance "to identify, locate and arrest the fugitives".

The Taliban pulled off the jailbreak by digging a tunnel underneath the detention area.

Many of the people who escaped are thought to be members of the radical Islamist group.

This type of alert, called an Orange Notice, is issued following "any act or event which poses a risk to the safety and security of citizens around the world", the statement said.

Comments
  • slg - 2011-05-27 22:40

    I'm no fan of the criminal justice system, but these guys must be kept away from main-stream society until they change their ways. Preferably without punishment.

      GT - 2011-05-27 22:48

      please provide solutions

      slg - 2011-05-27 23:04

      It's a universe of free-will. As long as they excersize their free-will to destroy themselves and other people in the process, they must be removed from society. Without punishment. Preferably with education, to enhance awareness, if they are willing. If not, just removal from society.

  • Mole71 - 2011-05-27 23:20

    Sounds like Shawshank Redemption on a massive scale, 417 inmates escaping through a tunnel? That doesnt even happen here. How useless were the guards??

  • IrenĂ© - 2011-05-28 10:37

    Are you f****ing kidding me- how do you lose more than 400 prisoners? And why are we only reading about this a month after the events? Once again the world govts and media choose what to release to the people- they want us to believe these guys are criminal, but for all we know they were prisoners of war "you know, the war on terror' in which case- good for them- run free you lil chickens run free!! Again they want us to believe that it is the islamic extremist that pose a threat to our safety- so what the US air forces with their drones and missiles arnt a threat to civilian safety? You know accidentally hitting a school instead of extremist hide out is not that unheard of- I have seen the footage of girls school with pools of blood after US forces ACCIDENTALLY bombed the school- there is a reason they do not air this type of news- we might rethink the motives of the US- since civilian safety is def not one of their missions. Will the US ever apologize for the millions of deaths caused by their occupations, detentions and sanctions?

      Ingwe - 2011-05-28 10:48

      Irene you really do need to get a life this has been common knowledge since it happened. Please see the links below that were posted on 25th Apr, there are many more. http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/04/25/idINIndia-56551820110425 http://www.france24.com/en/20110425-nearly-500-taliban-flee-daring-afghan-jailbreak-1# This is not news, well it might be to News24

      slg - 2011-05-29 06:50

      They want us to believe that it is the Islamic extremists that pose a threat to our safety? No, you don't believe they are. Seeing as you don't believe this, it;s best that you take a field-trip to Waziristan. Go without a burka, which is your preferred way to live. If you come home alive without being stoned to death, tell us what you found. Are you saying the allied forces in Afghanistan intentionally targeted a school? And millions of deaths caused by US occupations? Geez, Irene du Toit, how far off from true reality can you get.

      slg - 2011-05-29 06:53

      Moreover, whenever an error occurs, an automatic enquiry takes place, the freer world feels remorse and apologizes. The people you are choosing to support (Al-Quaida and the Taliban) intentionally target civilians with the stated aim of terrorizing the rest of the population into doing what they want them to do. How twisted is your view of the world Irene? How twisted is it?

      Grunk - 2011-05-29 07:38

      And you, Slug, are one of these tunnel vision Yank lovers who thinks only from a Western perspective - which in this and many other instances does not necessarily mean the fairest and beneficial results for the peoples involved. There are, have been many, many situations where the Yanks act in a far more detrimental manner for the world and its populace,than any "terrorist" group. Note the inverted commas. In terms of 50% of the world's thinking many of these are heroes fighting for a just cause. Just because that just cause doesn't coincide with your own thoughts. please don't think views are superior to everyone elses.

      slg - 2011-05-29 09:24

      What rubbish Grunk. You're delusional. "There are, have been many, many situations where the Yanks act in a far more detrimental manner for the world and its populace, than any "terrorist" group."

      Ingwe - 2011-05-29 10:27

      Grunk I think have may have lost your mind. To quote you 'In terms of 50% of the world's thinking many of these are heroes fighting for a just cause' Are you seriously saying that in your opinion 50% of the world think the Taliban are heroes. If that is the case you really do need to go for a medical check up.

  • Ojrockstar - 2011-05-30 14:41

    Lol yeah neh.. well i for one think anybody who chooses to wear a bomb vest and go into a public area of innocent people who have nothing to do with whoever his fighting againts is sick.. and anybody who even tries to justify that "cause" is even sicker..

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