ISIS launches attack on prison in Afghanistan : Afghan officials

 ISIS mercenary fighters clashed with Afghan security forces in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Monday morning, after launching an attack Sunday night on a prison, which led to a mass escape of prisoners.

The attack began on Sunday evening, with a car bomb detonated at the prison entrance, and several other explosions were heard, as ISIS mercenaries opened fire on prison guards.

Two officials in Nangarhar province told Reuters that at least five civilians were killed and about 40 others were injured during the initial attack and overnight clashes, with Afghan special security forces arriving to support the police.

During the ensuing chaos, more than 75 prisoners fled, the officials said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred a day after the Afghan Intelligence Agency announced that special forces had killed a senior ISIS commander near Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province.



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