Dozens killed in Islamic State raid on Afghan prison Aug 04, 2020 0 523 12345 DPAKabulAt least 39 people - including 10 attackers - were killed in Afghanistan after Islamic State militants attacked a prison in Jalalabad, government officials said on Monday.More than 50 people were also wounded in the attack in the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, according to the provincial governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani.On Sunday the attackers detonated a car bomb then followed up with gunfire, with the raid ending after 23 hours of clashes with security forces, the Defence Ministry said.Khogyani said that at the time of the attack, there were close to 1,800 prisoners in the jail and that a number of prisoners have disappeared.Among the prisoners were members of Islamic State, the Taliban, convicted murderers and drug traffickers, the officials said.Nangarhar Deputy Governor Tamim Arif said the main reason the attackers raided the prison was to free the prisoners.The country’s chief of staff General Mohammad Yasin Zia was flown in to the province and took leadership of the operation.The attack occurred the day after Afghan forces announced the death of the intelligence chief of the Islamic State’s Afghan branch, Assadullah Orokzai, in Jalalabad.A source told dpa that Orokzai was a close aide of the militant group’s leader in Afghanistan - Abdullah Orokzai - who was arrested recently.A Kabul-based think tank analyst, Thomas Ruttig, doubted the Sunday’s attack was just an act of revenge from Islamic State.“Such an attack is certainly a long-term plan. The attack also shows that announcements by the Afghan government that it had defeated IS militarily in Afghanistan were premature,” Ruttig added. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Lebanon foreign minister resigns in protest at crisis management Aug 04, 2020 0 512 Melbourne orders non-vital businesses shut to curb virus Aug 04, 2020 0 524 Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza: Military Aug 04, 2020 0 1445 Landslides kill eight as Nepal monsoon death toll climbs to 193 Kathmandu Landslides caused by monsoon rain on Monday killed at least eight construction workers in central Nepal, officials said. Bhagawati Nepal, deputy mayor of the affected Melamchi municipality, a small town .. Indian restaurant offers ‘COVID curry’ to scared customers Jodhpur An Indian restaurant is hoping to win back customers afraid of eating out during the pandemic with a special “COVID Curry” and “Mask Naans”. “This has been a really tough time for us and for our entire sector,” Yash .. Five dead in Mogadishu suicide bombing, police say DPA Mogadishu At least five people, including the bomber, died in an attack on a popular restaurant in Mogadishu on Monday, police official Ali Hassan Kulmiye told dpa on Monday. The targeted restaurant is frequented by .. Adviser to Lebanese president appointed as foreign minister Beirut Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab appointed a new foreign minister on Monday, hours after Nassif Hitti submitted his resignation. In a official decree after talks with Diab, Aoun .. Philippines’ new military chief wants to regulate social media use DPA Manila The Philippines’ new military chief on Monday called for social media use to be regulated, in a bid to prevent terrorists from using the platforms to recruit members and plan attacks. Lieutenant General .. AU mediates Ethiopia dam talks Cairo The African Union mediated a round of talks Monday between ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Addis Ababa’s controversial Nile dam project, an Egyptian ministry said. The irrigation ministry said ..