Islamic State group claims deadly attack on Afghanistan prison

A wounded man receives treatment after the attack in Jalalabad

Two Nangarhar province officials said at least five civilians were killed, and around 40 wounded during the initial attack and the gun battle through the night, as Afghan special forces arrived to support the police.

An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members continued on Monday after at least 21 people were killed in fighting overnight, a local official said.

Militants on the evening of August 2 detonated a vehicle bomb outside a prison in the provincial capital of Jalalabad and engaged in an hours-long gun battle with security forces.

Police believe several militants slipped away into a nearby residential complex, making it more hard to flush them out, authorities said.

Under the exchange, Kabul is meant to free around 5,000 Taliban prisoners in return for 1,000 Afghan security personnel held captive by the insurgents. Soldiers were still evacuating residents from the area on Monday as sporadic gunshots rang out.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after the Afghan intelligence agency said special forces had killed a senior commander of the group near Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.

But Ahmad Ali Hazarat, the head of Nangarhar provincial council, said that a "large number" of them had managed to escape.

The motive of the attack wasn't immediately clear.

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"Fighting is continuing", Khogyani said.

Several hundred prisoners in Jalalabad are believed to be Islamic State members.

While IS has seen its so-called caliphate stretching across Iraq and Syria eliminated after a years-long campaign, the group has continued fighting in Afghanistan.

The Taliban's political spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, told The Associated Press that his group was not involved in the Jalalabad attack.

The deal is also expected to guarantee the Taliban's all-out participation in the fight against IS. Nevertheless, Washington and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have already begun withdrawing troops in line with the deal.

The assault comes on the third and final day of a cease-fire between the Taliban and the Afghan government to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

The US-Taliban deal was struck to allow the US to end its 19-year involvement in Afghanistan, and called on the Taliban to guarantee its territory would not be used by terrorist groups.

The toll was expected to rise, Adel warned, as numerous more than 40 wounded people were in serious condition.

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