Attackers strike Taliban vehicles, killing at least five people, three of whom were civilians
Updated: 2021-09-23 05:47:07 KST
Attackers opened fire on Taliban vehicles on Wednesday and killed at least five people, according to witnesses.
Of the five casualties, at least three were civilians.
"it was around 11 a.m. in the morning when two explosions happened. I believe it caused injuries to three people, they were all wounded, and to some extent our house was also damaged."
At a local gas station in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, men fired on a Taliban vehicle, killing two Taliban fighters, one gas attendant, and a child.
In another separate attack not too far away, the attackers bombed another Taliban vehicle, and killed another child, while wounding Taliban fighters and a person nearby.
No one has stepped forward to claim responsibility for these attacks, but the Islamic State group, long-time rivals of the Taliban, orchestrated similar attacks in Jalalabad last week that killed eight.
The hostile nature of the Taliban-governed country has had people running from Afghanistan, but only a few have been lucky to escape.
Recently a girls' soccer team was reported to have been successful in their efforts to evacuate the country.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a total of 80 people, made up of members of the girls national soccer team, all aged between the ages of 14 to 16, and their families, were flown out of the country on a charter flight that landed in Lisbon, Portugal last Sunday.
The girls and their families had been living in fear after the Taliban takeover, not just because of the restrictions placed on the girls' futures but also because they've been advocates for the active participation of females in the community.
The rescue mission, which went by the name Operation Soccer Balls was coordinated by an international coalition of former U.S. military and intelligence officials and humanitarian groups.
"They're extremely thankful they don't know what to say. Again, they don't even, can't even fathom that they're out of Afghanistan. They're still in a state of shock and can't believe it."
Meanwhile, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said in an exclusive interview with Iran's Tasnim news agency that the Taliban should create a more inclusive government willing to serve the people.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News