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Hundreds of militants remain at large after Islamic State group attack on prison

Issued on: 03/08/2020 – 13:46

Afghan security forces battled Islamic State fighters for control of a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, with dozens killed in an overnight assault. At least 300 militants remain at large, according to a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

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More than 300 prisoners were at large on Monday after an attack by Islamic State on an Afghan prison, the governors spokesman said on Monday, as clashes continued between prisoners and security forces.

The assault began on Sunday night on the jail in the eastern city of Jalalabad, with at least 29 people killed and more than 50 wounded, according to Attaullah Khugyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

Of the 1,793 prisoners, just over 1,025 had tried to escape and been recaptured and 430 had remained inside the prison.

“The rest are missing,” he said.

The fighting killed at least 29 people and wounded 50, authorities said. Civilians, prisoners and members of security forces were among the victims.

The attack highlighted the challenges ahead for Afghanistan, even as US and NATO forces begin to withdraw following America striking a peace deal with the Taliban.

As security forces swept through the prison, they found the bodies of two Taliban prisoners apparently killed by the Islamic State group, showing the tensions between the two militant factions battling each other in eastern Afghanistan.

The attack began Sunday, when an Islamic State suicide bomber drove a car ladRead More – Source