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Afghanistan: At least 24 dead as Islamic State storm prison in Jalalabad01:12

Afghanistan: At least 24 dead as Islamic State storm prison in Jalalabad

Afghanistan, Jalalabad
August 3, 2020 at 12:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

At least 24 people are reported dead after fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) attacked the main prison of Jalalabad on Sunday night. Gunshots from the battle between the attackers and Afghan security forces that ensued on Monday can be heard in the footage. Smoke from the jailbreak could also still be seen in the city 130 kilometres (80 miles) east of Kabul.

According to reports, the assault started shortly after 6:44 PM local time (14:14 GMT) with a car bomb detonated at the prison gate followed by over 20 gunmen storming the compound, which enabled many prisoners to escape. Police have recaptured around 1,000 escapees so far.

Three attackers were killed and least 21 civilians and members of the security forces died in the fighting, while a further 43 people were injured, according to the government.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The prison assault came a day after the Afghan intelligence agency announced special forces had killed a senior IS commander near Jalalabad.

Afghanistan: At least 24 dead as Islamic State storm prison in Jalalabad01:12
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At least 24 people are reported dead after fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) attacked the main prison of Jalalabad on Sunday night. Gunshots from the battle between the attackers and Afghan security forces that ensued on Monday can be heard in the footage. Smoke from the jailbreak could also still be seen in the city 130 kilometres (80 miles) east of Kabul.

According to reports, the assault started shortly after 6:44 PM local time (14:14 GMT) with a car bomb detonated at the prison gate followed by over 20 gunmen storming the compound, which enabled many prisoners to escape. Police have recaptured around 1,000 escapees so far.

Three attackers were killed and least 21 civilians and members of the security forces died in the fighting, while a further 43 people were injured, according to the government.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The prison assault came a day after the Afghan intelligence agency announced special forces had killed a senior IS commander near Jalalabad.

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