Suspected Islamic State militants reportedly attacked a prison compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad (Nangarhar province) on Sunday, August 2. The attack reportedly started with the detonation of a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), followed by two smaller explosions outside the prison. Several gunmen, who had reportedly been hiding in the area prior to the blasts, then attempted to storm the prison, resulting in a gun battle between militants and security forces.
At least three people were killed in the attack and a further 24 injured. Media reports indicate that at least 50 prisoners escaped during the assault. Security forces have launched an operation to track down those responsible, and gunfire has been reported into the late evening. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes on the final day of a truce between the Taliban and the government over the period of Eid al-Adha.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in Jalalabad while operations are ongoing.
Those in Nangarhar province are advised to avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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