Taliban vehicles struck by attackers

Taliban vehicles struck by attackers

Taliban vehicles struck by attackers

Attackers struck Taliban vehicles in an eastern Afghanistan, witnesses said, killing at least two fighters and three civilians in the latest violence since the group’s takeover of the country in mid-August.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attacks, although the Islamic State group, which is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan, has said it was behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week that killed eight.

Earlier, the Taliban had written to the United Nations announcing that Suhail Shaheen, a former peace negotiator and spokesman for the Taliban political office, is their new U.N. representative. They requested that Shaheen be allowed to address the U.N. General Assembly underway in New York. 

Separately, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday that Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse and that urgent action is needed.

There is also a widely held expectation among conflict-weary Afghans that despite fears and misgivings about the Taliban the new rulers will at least restore a measure of public safety.