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73 people suffer causalities in Nangarhar attack

73 people suffer causalities in Nangarhar attack

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Aug 03, 2020 - 20:57

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The attack on the main prison of eastern Nangarhar province came to an end on Monday after the killing of 11 assailants and casualties to more than 70 people, an official said

Officials say, 73 people, including 21 military personnel and some prisoners, suffered causalities in the attack that lasted 18 hours.

First a car bombing happened at the entrance to the prison gate shortly after 6:30pm on Sunday before gunmen entered the compound and opened intense fire, followed by heavy fighting.

Army Chief Gen. Mohammad Yasin Zia, who traveled to Nangarhar, told at a press conference that the attack ended after the killing of 11 attackers.

He said 25 individuals were killed and another 48 wounded, mostly civilians, were injured in the assault.

He said security forces eliminated three attackers in a market in front of the prison and rescued 40 families there.

On the other hand, governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok there were 1,793 prisoners before the attack and 1025 attempted to escape but they were rearrested. Another 430 prisoners who trapped in the attack were rescued but some were killed and wounded.

 Meanwhile, Provincial Public Healthinfo-icon department spokesman, Zahir Adil, confirmed to Pajhwok receiving 25 bodies and 48 injured people from the site.

But a source at the health department, who wished to go unnamed, confirmed receiving 11 bodies of military personnel, five prisoners, seven civilians and two unknown people and 10 wounded and the rest were civilians.

Meanwhile, Nangarhar provincial council members also claimed some political prisoners also escaped during the attack.

Nasir Kamal, a member of provincial council, said that 600 political pensioners were present in the jail  and most of them escaped.

Meanwhile, the Taliban denied their involvement in the prison attack in Jalalabad but Daesh -- the Islamic State militant group, claimed responsibility for the assault.

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