The Taliban have claimed that it spent five months digging the tunnel that stretched from Kandahar's main prison, under a highway to a nearby house. Security forces have been criticized and a spokesperson for President Hamid Karzai said the escape was a disaster. However, it is likely that there were bribes and infiltration at high levels for this to have happened, explains Alissa J. Rubin, Kabul bureau chief for The New York Times. She says it was likely a small group who masterminded the escape.

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