The Taliban, the Islamic extremist group that's recently been overshadowed by ISIS, was heard loud and clear this week when they broke into an Afghanistan prison and released 350 prisoners. It's suspected that 150 of the freed prisoners were members of the Taliban themselves and considered to be very dangerous. To get into the jail, suicide bombers drove up to the gates and detonated explosives in their cars. When the blasts cleared, other Taliban members disguised as security forces stormed the compound.
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This actually isn't the first time the Taliban has broken into a prison and freed inmates. They've helped hundreds to escape since 2008. It's part of their strategy to control the government, enforce an extremist Islamic regime, and to re-enlist former members of the Taliban so they remain strong in numbers. The Taliban has been struggling in recent years especially because they're competing with other extremist groups like ISIS, but this prison attack serves as a reminder that they're still a very dangerous group.
Read more about the Taliban prison attack:
BBC: Afghan Taliban storm Ghazni prison, freeing hundreds
The Guardian: Taliban jailbreak in Ghazni frees hundreds of prisoners