US News Afghanistan: Major attack on a prison in the east of the country

23:05  02 august  2020
23:05  02 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Armed men stormed an Afghan prison on Sunday evening in Jalalabad (East) after detonating a vehicle, killing at least one, according to a provincial official who said the fighting was still ongoing.

This attack, in which the Taliban insurgents have denied any responsibility, breaks a relative calm across the country, where no clashes had been noted since the start of a three-day truce declared by the government and the Taliban on Friday. on the occasion of the Muslim festivities of Eid al-Adha.

“This attack is not our fault. Our mujahedin are not yet authorized to carry out attacks, ”Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the insurgents, told AFP.

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According to Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesperson for Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital, "the attackers (...) first detonated a car near the security perimeter of the prison".

A civilian was killed and 24 wounded were taken to the provincial hospital, said the spokesperson of the establishment, Zaher Adel.

Attackers, disguised as members of the security forces, entered the prison, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that "twelve prisoners were arrested by the security forces while they were were trying to escape ”.

The respect, over the past 72 hours, of the truce between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, only the third official break in the fighting in two decades of conflict, gave hope for progress in the timid peace process recently started.

President Ashraf Ghani and the insurgents have suggested that talks between the government and the Taliban could start after Eid.

(With AFP)

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