More than 480 inmates at a prison in southern Afghanistan have escaped through a tunnel hundreds of metres long and dug from outside the jail early Monday morning. Officials in the city of Kandahar said many of those who escaped from Sarposa jail were Taliban insurgents.
President Hamid Karzai said the escape was a "disaster" which should never have happened.
The Taliban said it had taken five months to build the 350m tunnel. It is believed to have been dug from a house rented by the Talibans. This jail break is second biggest in three years.
This comes as Nato forces are preparing for the long process of withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many fear that once the Nato forces pull out regions will once again be the focus of insurgent activity as the Taliban will be planning to seize them back.