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Casualties as gunmen attack prison in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

作者:admin 2020-08-03

Fighters have attacked a prison compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, and a battle with security forces is under way, according to officials, in an attack claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group that left several people killed and wounded.

The complex assault on Sunday began with a suicide bomber detonating a car laden with explosives near the entrance of the government-run facility, followed by multiple attackers opening fire on security guards.

Afghan police and special forces were deployed to the scene and an hours-long gun battle with the assailants ensued.

Afghan officials said at least three people were killed, but there were fears the death toll could rise.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Bilal Sarwary, a freelance journalist in Kabul, said he was told by an inmate that a number of prisoners were also wounded.

"Several security towers were being controlled by the militants," Sarwary added. "It was still not clear how the group got so many weapons and ammunition in the heart of Jalalabad."

There were also reports of dozens of prisoners escaping from the facility.

Gunmen attack prison in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

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