Leader's passing has created cracks in Taliban: Governor
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of northeastern Kunduz province claims tens of militants captured by Taliban in Dashti Archi district have joined the Islamic State (IS) after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Mohammad Omar Safi told a news conference a group of 60 rebels, who refused to operate under the newly-appointed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, were arrested by Taliban members.
“Three days ago, you witnessed an internal clash among Taliban in Dashti Archi district where some of them wanted to change their loyalties after the death of Mullah Omar,” he said.
He said that competitions among militants have intensified and hoped they would shun insurgency and join the peace process. The death of Mullah Omar had created divisions among militants and they would be divided into more parts, Safi added.
“The people of Kunduz never accept Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor as the leader of Muslims, because Akhtar is the killer of Afghans and his identity is also unclear,” he said.
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