Gunmen storm prison in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad, over 20 killed
Prison attack in Afghanistan: at least 20 dead
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At least 20 people were killed in clashes between security forces and armed Islamic State fighters who attacked a prison in Afghanistan. Officials said this on Monday after a jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack..
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The clashes came a day after gunmen attacked a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad..
Nangarhar Provincial Hospital spokesman Zaher Adel told AFP that the clashes killed 20 people, including security personnel, but the governor’s spokesman said 21 dead.
Adele warned that the death toll is expected to rise as many of the more than 40 injured are in critical condition..
The attack on the prison broke the relative silence following a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan government forces that began on Friday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha..
Three-day truce ended on Sunday, but Kabul hoped it could be extended.
The Islamic State’s media resource, Amaq, announced that its militants were behind the attack on the prison, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups..
Nangarhar Governor’s spokesman Attaullah Hogiyani told AFP that about 700 prisoners fled during the attack and were re-arrested.
Clashes continue, Khogiyani said, armed men took refuge inside and outside the prison..
Several armored vehicles and dozens of security personnel were sent to the prison. Shooting and explosions were heard.
There were more than 1,700 prisoners in the prison at the time of the attack, most of them Islamic State and Taliban fighters, a security source told AFP..
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