Gunmen kill 2 Taliban, 2 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen on Saturday shot dead two Taliban fighters and two civilians in the eastern city of Jalalabad, a Taliban official said.

Two other civilians were injured in the attack, said Mohammad Hanif, a cultural official from the province surrounding the city, Nangarhar.

No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting, but the Islamic State group, which has a strong presence in Nangarhar and views the Taliban as an enemy, has already claimed responsibility for several attacks against them, including several killings in Jalalabad.

The two civilians killed were Sayed Maroof Sadat, a former spokesperson for the agriculture department in Nangarhar, and his cousin, Sharif Sadat, told the AP. Sadat’s son was among the two injured, he added.

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by IS militants against them have increased. This increase has raised the specter of a wider conflict between the two extremist groups.

Taliban fighters raided an Islamic State group hideout north of Kabul on Friday, killing and arresting an unknown number of militants, a Taliban spokesperson said. ISIS activity in Nangarhar province has also led to the Taliban crackdown.