In Nangarhar province a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives at the entrance gate of the prison in PD4 of Jalalabad city at 6:44 pm, local officials said Sunday.
A spokesman for the Nangarhar governor, Attaullah Khogyani, said one person was killed and 18 people were injured in a car bomb blast that exploded at the entrance gate of the Jalalabad prison and militants were reportedly on the upper floor.
Since Khogyani’s statement, eyewitnesses told TOLOnews there were two deaths.
Eyewitnesses say that the attack began with a car bomb exploding at the prison entrance gate, and by clearing the obstruction and obstacles, the way was opened for the attackers and they clashed with the security forces.
Gun firing has also been reported inside the prison.
So far, two people have been reported killed and nearly 20 others injured in the incident.
According to local officials, gunfire can be heard close to the prison.
The Ministry of Interior also confirmed the blast in Jalalabad, but did provide details.
Earlier, local reporters said that so far 16 people were injured and one was killed in the blast and quoted public health officials saying all casualties were civilians.
The Taliban denies involvement in the attack.
It is the third day of an Eid ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
This comes as the government and Taliban are at an impasse over the remaining prisoners to be released, as called for in the US-Taliban agreement.