Clashes between insurgent groups still underway in Zabul
QALAT (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes between different factions of the Talibanare underway in southern Zabul province, officials said on Wednesday.
Gul Islam Sial, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the fighting was ongoing between the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) fighters in Khak-i-Afghan district.
He claimed Taliban’s shadow governor and the group’s top military commander had been killed by the IS fighters attack the other day. But Taliban rejected the claim, saying both of their leaders were alive.
Sial said loyalists of Mullah Akhtar Mansour and Mullah Dadullah were also locked in firefights in Atghar district but no causalities had been reported so far from there.
Asadullah Kakar, the provincial council chief, said the Taliban and their splinter group had been engaged in fighting in Khak-i-Afghan. He confirmed the clashes were still underway.
Qari Hamza, spokesman for the Mullah Mansour Dadullah, claimed inflicting heavy causalities on the Taliban in a recent suicide attack.
Meanwhile, the Taliban verified for the first time armed clashed with the Islamic State, also known by its Arabic acronym of Daesh, in Zabul.
Earlier, officials said heavy fighting was going on between the Taliban fictions and an Uzbek group -- supportedby Daesh -- in Arghandab, Khak-i-Afghan and Dai Chopan districts of Zabul.
According to reports, at least 110 militants have been killed and dozens wounded during the clashes. But the Taliban said the fighting continued only for 24 hours.
The Taliban alleged Daesh militants had killed innocent people and looted their homes. The group said Mullah Mansoor Dadullah and his loyalists had entered an alliance with the IS.
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