17 Taliban perish in Faryab infighting, explosion
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Seventeen Taliban militants have been killed during infighting and a bomb explosion in the Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday.
Maj. Reza Reza, the 209th Shaheen Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash between two Taliban commanders, Mullah Hafizullah and Mullah Abdul Samad, erupted in Ghorak area.
Eleven Taliban fighters were killed and another six were wounded during the firefight that resulted from sharp differences developed between the two commanders after the death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, the military official said.
Abdul Jamil Sadiqui, the town’s administrative chief, confirmed receiving reports about the infighting. He said more Taliban groups had begun either joining the peace process or staging infightings after the death of their supreme leader.
Separately in the same district, six Taliban militants were killed on Sunday when the bomb they were planting to target security forces went off, said Reza.
He said the dead included Mullah Bari aka Adam Khan, a landmine-making expert.
The Provincial Council chief, Syed Abdul Baqi Hashimi, said the blast killed four insurgents and wounded another three.
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