Aug. 3 – After a real battle between Islamic State and Afghan security forces outside a prison into the eastern area of Jalalabad at least 24 people were killed and a high number of prisoners managed to escape from the prison.
The attack started with a car bomb detonated at the entrance of the prison, on Sunday evening. Several further explosions have been heard, with the IS gunmen that opened fire on the security guards. During the whole battle, that took place overnight, three militants were killed, as well as at least 21 civilians and members of the security forces.
According to Attaullah Khugyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, more than 300 prisoners were at large. Of the 1,793 prisoners, more than 1,025 had tried to escape and been recaptured and 430 had remained inside.
“The rest are missing,” he said.
IS claimed responsibility for the attack. According to a UN report, there are around 2,200 IS members in Afghanistan and, even if the group is in territorial retreat, it is still capable of delivering high-profile attacks.