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Bombs explode outside Afghan jail compound, police battle militants

The Taliban says it has freed all 1,000 Afghan prisoners it had pledged to release in a deal with the United States.

Reuters | Kabul | Updated: 02-08-2020 21:55 IST | Created: 02-08-2020 21:48 IST
Bombs explode outside Afghan jail compound, police battle militants
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At least three bombs exploded outside a jail compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, officials said.

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.

President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban have both indicated that long-delayed negotiations could begin immediately after the Eid al-Adh festival. The Taliban says it has freed all 1,000 Afghan prisoners it had pledged to release in a deal with the United States.


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