Three dead in attack on Afghan jail, 25 injured

Three dead in attack on Afghan jail, 25 injured

An attack on a jail compound in the Afghan city of Jalalabad killed at least three people and injured dozens, triggering heavy fighting in which scores of prisoners escaped, an official said.

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member, said a huge car bomb explosion was followed by at least two smaller blasts outside the government-run prison, and that police then fought attackers who had taken up positions nearby.

The ISIS (outlawed in Russia) terrorist group’s Amaq news agency quoted a military source as saying its fighters had carried out Sunday’s attack but gave no further details. 

"At least three people were dead and 25 were injured in the ongoing clashes,"  Reuters cited Qaderi as saying. More than 50 prisoner escaped, and the death toll could rise, he added.

The assault happened on the third and final day of a ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, when hundreds of Taliban prisoners were released in an attempt to make a final push for intra-Afghan peace talks.

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