Attackers strike Taliban vehicles in Jalalabad, At least two fighters and three civilians dead

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According to witnesses, Taliban trucks were attacked in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least two fighters and three civilians in the latest violence since the group took control of the country in mid-August.

According to witnesses, shooters opened fire on a Taliban vehicle at a local gas station in Jalalabad's provincial capital, killing two fighters and a gas station worker. They also stated that a youngster was slain.

A subsequent strike - a bombing of another car – resulted in the death of another kid and the wounding of two Taliban. Another Taliban car was bombed in Jalalabad, injuring a person nearby. However, it was unclear whether that individual was a Taliban official or not.

For fear of retaliation, the witnesses spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the bombings on Wednesday. Still, the Islamic State, based in eastern Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for a similar attack in Jalalabad last week that killed eight people.

The Taliban and the Islamic State are foes, and the attacks have sparked fears of a more significant battle between the country's new Taliban leadership and their long-time adversaries.

The Taliban is under pressure to confine IS terrorists, partly to keep a pledge to the international community that they would not stage terror acts from Afghan land. Despite anxieties and misgivings about the Taliban, there is still widespread anticipation among conflict-weary Afghans that the new authorities will at least restore a measure of public safety.

Publish : 2021-09-22 18:09:00

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