Breakout: Taliban escape Afghan prison under guards’ noses 

WHAT: The Taliban spent five months digging a 1,000-foot tunnel from a safe house, passing under several government checkpoints and a major highway. When it reached Sarposa jail, half the prisoners snuck out in four hours without any guards noticing.

HOW: The escapees had enough copies of cell keys to let out all the Taliban prisoners. Getaway cars were waiting a short distance outside. Most of the prisoners had no idea the escape was coming until the last minute.

NATO invested millions to make Sarposa jail more secure after a 2008 escape, when a suicide bomber blew open the gates and 900 inmates ran out. Afghanistan runs the prison and is supposedly taking over full nationwide military control.

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