Special forces after the prison attack - Rahmat Gul / AP / SIPA

At least 20 people, including civilians and prisoners, perished in the ongoing attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan by fighters from the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), the Islamic State (IS) said on Monday. local authorities.

Armed men launched a major assault on Sunday evening against a prison in Jalalabad, where many Taliban and ISIS members are being held, at the end of a globally respected three-day truce between the Taliban and Afghan forces for the great Muslim holiday of Eid.

No truce for the Islamic State

The shooting with the security forces left 20 dead, according to Zaher Adel, spokesperson for the provincial hospital, a death toll that has increased. 40 wounded are in fact in serious condition, he said.

In a statement released Sunday evening by its propaganda agency Amaq, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Islamic State jihadists were not part of the truce. Fighting between Afghan forces and IS attackers continued Monday morning.

Prisoners caught up 

Afghan special forces have secured four of five floors of a building outside the prison, where assailants have been holed up overnight, he said. The attack followed a well-developed plan. The attackers first detonated a car loaded with explosives near the prison, then opened fire on prison guards from a nearby market, an official source said on condition of anonymity.

About 700 prisoners who managed to escape at the time of the assault were caught up, he said. The prison had more than 1,700 detainees on Sunday, most of them Taliban and IS fighters, a security source told AFP.

This raid comes the day after Kabul announced the death of a senior local official from the IS group during a security operation near Jalalabad. Assadullah Orakzai was involved in several deadly attacks on Afghan security forces, Afghan intelligence said on Saturday.


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