Canadian troops continued their assessment Saturday after a stunning multi-pronged attack with rockets, suicide bombers and an explosives-filled truck blew open the Kandahar prison where NATO detainees are held.For anyone hoping that the extended military mission would assist the Afghans in buying them more time to stabilize their country, this is a terrible blow. It's like it's back to square one. A Canadian soldier:
Canadian troops rushed across town from their base at Kandahar Airfield on Friday night to secure the area around the prison.
Afghanistan's minister of the interior told a news conference Saturday that the facility held a total of 1,005 inmates, including 398 Taliban prisoners.
Munir Mungle said while six people, believed to be escapees have been detained, the majority of the jailed Taliban were on the loose. Many escaped capture by hiding in fruit orchards near the prison.
The complex attack included a truck bombing at the main gate, a suicide bomber who struck a back wall and rockets fired from inside the prison courtyard, setting off a series of explosions that rattled Kandahar, the country's second biggest city.
The rockets demolished an upper prison floor, Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, a deputy minister at the Justice Ministry, told The Associated Press. The estimated number of police killed in the attack ranged from six to nine.
"This is a big win for them," he said.Watch the poor Canadian Major here stating that the situation is under control. Then watch the shots of the destruction and tractors digging out the wreckage.
An unmitigated disaster.