Gunmen have attacked a prison compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to officials, with reports of casualties amid heavy clashes between the assailants and security forces.

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in Jalalabad, said the attackers detonated a car laden with explosives outside the government-run facility, with two smaller blasts following the initial position.

He said the attackers had taken up a position near the prison and heavy fighting with the Afghan police was under way.

“At least 20 people were injured in the ongoing clashes,” Qaderi said. 

Local media outlet TOLOnews cited witnesses as saying that there were at least two deaths.

A Taliban spokesperson said on Twitter the group was not involved in the attack, which came on the final day of a rare truce between it and the Afghan government to mark the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. 

Sunday’s attack came a day after the Afghan intelligence agency said a senior ISIL commander was killed by Afghan special forces near Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province.


SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies



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