Two Taliban, two civilians die in attack

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Gunmen have shot and killed two Taliban fighters and two civilians in the eastern city of Jalalabad, a Taliban official says.

Two other civilians were wounded in the attack, said Mohammad Hanif, a cultural official for the city's surrounding province Nangarhar.

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

The two civilians killed were Sayed Maroof Sadat, a former spokesman for the Nangarhar department of agriculture, and his cousin, Sharif Sadat told the Associated Press.

Sadat's son was among the two wounded, he added.

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by IS militants against them have increased.

On Friday, Taliban fighters raided a hideout of the IS group north of Kabul, killing and arresting an unspecified number of militants, a Taliban spokesman said.

IS activity in Nangarhar province has also led to Taliban crackdowns there.

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