200 TALIBAN FLEE.
The militants were holed up as soldiers prepared the daring dawn raid in Sayedebad, Central Helmand.
But around 200 are thought to have escaped shortly before troops with Somme Company, the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, seized the enemy town.
Speaking on day four of the UK forces' latest assault Black Prince, Major Darren Newman said: "It appears the presence of overwhelming forces has effectively meant the insurgents have fled. The locals are pleased with our presence."
Once a foothold had been achieved, two joint units of British and Afghan soldiers moved forward through the town. They then held meetings with the elders to explain what had been happening.