Afghan safety forces laid siege to a jail seized by Islamic State fighters within the japanese metropolis of Jalalabad on Monday, with at the least 29 individuals killed after the terrorists in a single day assault led to a mass jailbreak.
More than 300 prisoners have been at giant, Attaullah Khugyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, mentioned.
Of the 1,793 prisoners, greater than 1,025 had tried to flee and been recaptured and 430 had remained inside.
“The rest are missing,” he mentioned.
After detonating a automobile bomb on the entrance on Sunday night, ISIS gunmen overran the jail the place many ISIS terrorists captured throughout a marketing campaign up to now month have been being held, together with Taliban fighters and customary criminals.
Mohammad Idres, one of many prisoners trapped inside and contacted by cellphone, mentioned he might see might round 4 our bodies on the bottom exterior.
“We are very hungry, it’s very hot and we don’t have water,” he instructed Reuters.
“Sometimes it is quiet and then firing starts,” he mentioned. “The security forces cannot seem to advance because the attackers hold strategic points, including the watchtowers.”
ISIS claimed duty for the assault, which got here a day after the Afghan intelligence company mentioned particular forces had killed a senior ISIS terrorist close to Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.
Officials mentioned Afghan Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Yasin Zia arrived on Monday to supervise the operation, involving particular forces, to clear the IS fighters holed up contained in the jail.
Khugyani mentioned civilians, prisoners and members of safety forces have been among the many 29 lifeless and greater than 50 wounded.
“Eight gunmen were killed as some areas, where the attackers had taken positions, were cleared,” he mentioned.
As the siege dragged by means of the day, the usually bustling metropolis was positioned underneath a curfew.
“Jalalabad is completely empty,” Qaderi mentioned.
Some 130 km east of Kabul, Jalalabad lies on the freeway resulting in the Khyber Pass and the Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar.
A United Nations report final month estimated there are round 2,200 ISIS members in Afghanistan, and that whereas the group has misplaced territory and its management has been depleted, it stays able to finishing up high-profile assaults.
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