ISIS claims attack against prison in Jalalabad, 20 dead

A prison compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad was attacked by fighters. Reports speak of at least 20 people killed and 42 others wounded.

A battle with security forces erupted, according to officials, in an attack claimed by ISIS. First reports speak of at least 20 people killed and 42 others wounded.

The complex assault on Sunday began with a suicide bomber detonating a car laden with explosives near the entrance of the government-run facility, followed by multiple attackers opening fire on security guards.

Afghan police and special forces were deployed to the scene and an hours-long gun battle with the assailants followed.

Afghan officials said the death toll could rise.  Jalalabad Province Council member Sohrab Kaderi said that more than 50 detainees have fled.