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ISIS attack on Jalalabad prison: More casualties

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ISIS attack on Jalalabad prison: More casualties

ISIS terrorists attacked a prison compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on 2 August. A battle with security forces is on, officials said. The Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have so far killed at least 11 people killed and injured 42 others.

ISIS launched the assault on Sunday with a suicide bomber detonating a car laden with explosives near the entrance of the government-run facility. Next, several terrorists opened fire on security guards.

Afghan police and special forces challenged the assailants and the death arose.

Freelance journalist Bilal Sarwary said in Kabul an inmate told him that a number of prisoners were wounded too. “Several security towers were being controlled by the militants,” Sarwary said. “It was still not clear how the group got so many weapons and ammunition in the heart of Jalalabad,” the journalist said.

ISIS attack leads to prisoners’ escape

Scores of prisoners escaped from the facility meanwhile. Nangarhar police spokesman Tareq Aziz said about 100 inmates had tried to escape but security forces captured many of them.

Ahmad Ali Hazarat, the head of Nangarhar provincial council, disagreed. He said that a “large number” of the inmates had managed to escape.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the armed group’s propaganda arm, Amaq.

ISIS strikes Afghanistan at will

Nangarhar has seen regular attacks, of which the ISIS claims it was behind several.

On 12 May, a suicide bomber killed 32 mourners at a funeral for a police commander in the province. That was one of the deadliest attacks this year. ISIS claimed to have carried out that attack too.

A United Nations report last month estimated there were around 2,200 ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Afghanistan. The report said while the group was in “territorial retreat” and its leadership had been depleted, it “remains capable of carrying out high-profile attacks in various parts of the country, including Kabul”.

Not us, says Taliban

A Taliban spokesperson posted on Twitter after the attack began that his group was not involved in the attack. Yesterday was the final day of a rare truce between the Taliban and the Afghan government to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday for Muslims.

The prison attack followed the Afghan agency’s report that Afghan special forces had killed a senior ISIS commander near Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province.

The frequent terrorist attacks have stalled the talks between the Taliban and Kabul after the Taliban and the United States signed an agreement in February. That was touted as the deal to end Washington’s longest war.

The agreement struck in Qatar’s capital, Doha, details plans for the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees from the Taliban.

Last week, a UN report said almost 1,300 civilians, including hundreds of children, were killed in Afghanistan in the first six months of the year, a 13% drop compared with the same period in 2019.

The report credited the drop in part to the reduction of operations by international forces in support of Afghan government forces and also to a decrease in the number of attacks by ISIS.

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