The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed that it was behind a high-profile attack on a central prison in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad that saw hundreds of prisoners try to flee.

It was gathered that, the attack which began on sunday evening when car bombs were detonated at the prison’s entrance by gunmen, continued through the night and into Monday morning, with the IS militants battling security forces.

A spokesman for Nangarhar province said at least 21 people were killed.

According to Attaullah Khogyani, 43 people were injured and taken to a regional hospital. He said three attackers had been killed but others were continuing to resist security forces from the top floor of a residential building.

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