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Islamic State attack on Afghan prison continues, over 20 killed

Aug 03, 2020 13:53 IST

An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight, a local official said. Another 43 people have been wounded in the attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, that began late Sunday when an Islamic State suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the entrance of a prison and other assailants opened fire. Three attackers have been killed so far but the battle continued Monday with sporadic gunfire still coming from the prison grounds, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said. Some of the dead are prisoners as well as civilians, prison guards and Afghan security personnel. The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan, known as IS in Khorasan province, claimed responsibility for the attac

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