(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) — Afghan forces mentioned they retook a jail within the nation’s east on Monday afternoon, following an hours-long battle a day after the ability was focused by the Islamic State group in an assault that killed 29 individuals. The jail is believed to be holding a whole bunch of IS members.
The assault highlighted the challenges forward for Afghanistan, at the same time as U.S. and NATO forces start to withdraw following America placing a peace take care of the Taliban.
Protection Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman mentioned the jail was taken again within the afternoon. The combating additionally left no less than 50 wounded.
At the same time as Afghan troops seized the jail in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, some 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of Kabul, IS militants continued to fireplace on Afghan safety forces from a close-by neighborhood.
Sporadic gunfire rang out from close by residential buildings in central Jalalabad, an space of excessive safety close to the provincial governor’s workplace.
As safety forces swept via the jail, they discovered the our bodies of two Taliban prisoners apparently killed by the Islamic State group, exhibiting the tensions between the 2 militant factions battling one another in jap Afghanistan.
The 29 useless included civilians, prisoners, guards and Afghan safety forces, mentioned Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
The assault started Sunday, when an Islamic State suicide bomber drove a automobile laden with explosives as much as the jail’s most important gate, detonating the bomb. Islamic State militants opened fireplace on the jail’s guards and poured in via the breach.
The IS affiliate in Afghanistan, generally known as IS in Khorasan province and headquartered in Nangarhar province, later claimed duty for the assault.
Among the 1,500 prisoners held on the jail in Jalalabad escaped through the combating. Khyogyani mentioned about 1,000 prisoners who earlier escaped had been discovered by safety forces throughout town. It wasn’t instantly clear if any prisoners had been nonetheless at giant.
The assault got here a day after authorities mentioned Afghan particular forces killed a senior Islamic State commander close to Jalalabad. A number of hundred prisoners in Jalalabad are believed to be Islamic State members.
Whereas the Islamic State group has seen its so-called caliphate stretching throughout Iraq and Syria eradicated after a yearslong marketing campaign, the group has continued combating in Afghanistan. The extremists even have battled the Taliban within the nation, whom the U.S. overthrew following the 2001 American-led invasion after the Sept. 11 assaults.
The Taliban’s political spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, advised The Related Press that his group was not concerned within the Jalalabad assault. The U.S. struck a peace take care of the Taliban in February. A second, essential spherical of negotiations between the Taliban and the political management in Kabul has but to begin.
The Taliban had declared a three-day cease-fire beginning final Friday for the most important Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha. The cease-fire expired at 12 a.m. Monday, although it wasn’t instantly clear if it will be prolonged because the U.S. pushes for an early begin to intra-Afghan negotiations which have repeatedly been delayed since Washington signed the peace take care of the Taliban.
“Now we have a cease-fire and should not concerned in any of those assaults wherever within the nation,” Shaheen mentioned.
The Taliban additionally had denied being concerned in a suicide bombing in jap Logar province late Thursday that killed no less than 9 individuals and wounded 40.
Afghanistan has seen a latest spike in violence, with most assaults claimed by the native IS affiliate.
Faiez reported from Kabul, Afghanistan. Related Press author Kathy Gannon in Islamabad contributed to this report.