• publish: 2 September 2015
  • time: 3:23 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 986
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Taliban infighting kills 18 in Herat of Afghanistan

At least 18 Taliban militants have been killed as a clash erupted between supporters of Taliban new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor and his opponents in Shindand district of the western Herat province 640 km west of Kabul since Tuesday, local officials said.

“A clash erupted between supporters of Taliban new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor and his opponents loyal to the former Taliban leader Mullah Omar in Akal village of Shindand district on Tuesday and so far 18 people from both sides have been killed and 10 others injured,” the officials added.

The clash between the two sides is still going on, local officials cited.

Taliban outfit has yet to make any comments.

Following the confirmation of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in late July, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor declared himself as Amirul Momenin or supreme leader of the hardline militants.

However, Mullah Omar’s elder son Mullah Yaqub has challenged Mansoor’s leadership as illegal and warned him to step down or face the danger of infighting.

In a similar incident a Taliban fighter opened fire and killed 11 of his fellow insurgents in Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province on Tuesday, police said.

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