Taliban infighting causes heavy casualties

2015-12-09 19:03


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Kabul - Dozens of deaths have been reported from intense fighting between rival Taliban factions western Afghanistan, according to government officials.

"In the last 48 hours of battle, between rival Taliban commanders in Shindand district, we have reports of more than 100 people killed and 27 others wounded from both sides," Herat provincial police spokesperson Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.

Prisoners were reportedly taken by both sides.

Ahmadi said both factions have called for reinforcements to continue the fighting. The battle began in the village of Zerko, and many families have been forced to flee the area.

"So far we do not have civilian casualties," he said.

The two armed groups loyal to either Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Manssor or Mullah Rasul are fighting "due to the recent spilt they have had in the Taliban movement" since the announcement of Taliban founder Mullah Muhammad Omar's death this year, Ahmadi said.

Official Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousof Ahmedi denied the reports of infighting, calling it "government propaganda".

Mansoor was selected to succeed Omar by the Taliban council on July 29, over the objections of some sectors in the guerrilla movement.

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