Bombs explode outside Afghan jail compound, police battle militants

Bombs explode outside Afghan jail compound, police battle militants
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  • calendar-gray 02 August 2020

At least three bombs exploded outside a jail compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, officials said, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in Jalalabad, said a huge car bomb explosion was followed by at least two smaller bomb blasts outside a government-run prison, and that police then fought attackers who took up position near the prison. 

“At least 20 people were injured in the ongoing clashes,” Qaderi said. 

A Taliban spokesman said the Islamist militant group was not responsible for the attack. 

On the third and final day of a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan government, hundreds of Taliban prisoners were released in an attempt to make a final push for intra-Afghan peace talks.

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