Jalalabad prison attack

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Jalalabad prison attack
Part of the War in Afghanistan
LocationJalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Date2–3 August 2020
TargetPrison
Attack type
Suicide car bombing
Mass shooting
Deaths29
Injured50
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province

The Jalalabad prison attack occurred on 2–3 August 2020, when a suicide car bomber and gunmen of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISKP) attacked a prison in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.[1][2] The attack began on the evening of 2 August.[1] A battle between soldiers and ISIL ensued, lasting about 20 hours.[1] At least 29 people were killed, including civilians, prisoners, guards, Afghan security forces and at least eight ISIL attackers.[1][2] Fifty other people were injured.[1] The prison held 1,793 inmates, most of whom were members of jihadist groups ISIL and the Taliban.[1] Most of the prisoners escaped, of whom 1,025 have been brought back to the prison.[1] On 3 August, ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.[1][2]

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