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AFP
August 5, 2020

270 IS inmates on the run after Afghan prison raid

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AFP
August 5, 2020

JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Afghan authorities were searching Tuesday for about 270 inmates — most of them Islamic State (IS) militants — who remained on the loose after escaping during a deadly prison raid. At least 31 people were killed when Islamic State (IS) gunmen attacked the facility in Jalalabad on Sunday, with fierce fighting lasting until Monday afternoon.

More than 1,300 inmates tried to escape, a senior Afghan security official told AFP on condition of anonymity, but most were either swiftly re-arrested or surrendered when surrounded by security forces.

But some 270 prisoners are “still on the loose”, the official said. “Most of those who escaped are from ISKP,” he said, referring to IS´s Afghan branch, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province.

They included militants responsible for several bloody attacks, a second security official told AFP. Nangarhar provincial governor´s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed many prisoners were still missing, but couldn´t say how many were IS members.

The brazen prison raid came a day after Afghanistan’s intelligence agency announced the killing of a top IS commander near Jalalabad. Nangarhar province, where IS got its first foothold in Afghanistan, has seen repeated attacks by the group, including a suicide bomb that killed 32 mourners at a funeral in May.