At least 29 people, including civilians and prisoners, as well as 10 assailants, were killed in an Islamic State attack on a prison in Afghanistan. The attack ended on Monday.
Armed men launched a large-scale attack on Sunday, August 2, on a prison in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, where many Taliban and members of the Islamic State (OEI) are being held.
The fighting around the prison has left 29 dead, told AFP Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital. According to local officials, ten attackers were also killed.
The attack ended on Monday afternoon in the prison, which contains about 1,700 prisoners, mainly ISIS and Taliban fighters. It began on Sunday night, at the end of a ceasefire decided by the Taliban and Afghan forces during the three days of the major Muslim holiday in Eid al-Adha.
In a statement released on Sunday night by its propaganda agency Amaq, the OEI claimed responsibility for the attack. The jihadists were not part of a ceasefire.
A detailed plan
The attack followed a well-developed plan. The attackers first detonated a car loaded with explosives near the prison and then opened fire on prison guards from a nearby market, an official source said on condition of anonymity.
About 700 prisoners managed to escape the attack, 400 were captured, he said, and more than 300 remain untraceable. The prison had more than 1,700 prisoners on Sunday, the majority of them Taliban and IS fighters, a security source told AFP.
The raid comes the day after Kabul announced the death of a senior local official in the IS group during a security operation near Jalalabad, Assadullah Orakzai, who was involved in several deadly attacks on Afghan security forces. The Afghan intelligence service said on Saturday.
With AFP and Reuters