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Wednesday Sep 22 2021
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AFP

Two Taliban fighters, one civilian killed in Jalalabad attack

By
AFP
People gathered at the site of the attack in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan — AFP
People gathered at the site of the attack in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan — AFP

  • The attack in Jalalabad city is the latest on Taliban targets in Nangarhar province.
  • Nangarhar province for years was the main operating base of Daesh Khorasan.
  • A Taliban official confirmed the attack, but said the dead were all civilians.


JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN: Two Taliban fighters and a civilian were shot dead by gunmen in an armed attack at a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, sources within the security and witnesses said Wednesday.

The attack in Jalalabad city is the latest on Taliban targets in Nangarhar province, which for years was the main operating base of Daesh’s Afghanistan chapter.

A security source and witnesses said unidentified gunmen in a rickshaw attacked a checkpoint in Ghawchak district of Jalalabad and killed two Taliban guards and a civilian bystander.

A Taliban official confirmed the attack, but said the dead were all civilians.

In another incident, local residents told AFP that two Taliban fighters were injured while trying to defuse an improvised explosive device in Jalalabad.

Further details were not immediately available.

Daesh Khorasan, a local branch of the extremist group, claimed responsibility for several weekend attacks in Jalalabad that killed at least two people.

They were the first deadly blasts since the last US forces withdrew from Afghanistan on August 30.

Daesh-K also claimed responsibility for a bloody attack that killed more than 100 people at Kabul airport at the end of August.

Although both Daesh and the Taliban are militant groups, they differ on the issues of religion and strategy, which has led to bloody fighting between the two.