At least 27 dead in hunt for Afghan escapees
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More than two dozen insurgents were killed in Afghanistan as security forces hunted for hundreds of militants who escaped from a prison after a brazen Taliban attack, police said.
Afghan and international troops have been searching for more than 1,100 escapees who fled after the militant group blasted open the jail in the southern city of Kandahar late on Friday, killing several prison guards.
The prison raid was a blow to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, coming one day after world donors pledged $US20 billion to rebuild Afghanistan at a conference in Paris - but also called on him to strengthen the rule of law.
More than 15 militants were killed at a farm compound in restive Kandahar province during the search for the escapees, the US-led coalition said in a statement.
"The combined forces used precision air strikes to destroy the compound after insurgents attacked with small-arms fire," it said.
.....Mr Saqeb added that about 20 people, mostly criminals who broke out of the prison, had been recaptured in the past two days.
The police chief said that nine police guards and a child were killed during the Taliban attack on the jail on Friday.
........He said authorities had issued a warning to the escaped prisoners to return to the jail "or their charges will be doubled," calling on residents not to shelter the escapees to avoid punishment.