11 killed as rival Taliban groups clash in Herat
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen militants were killed and 10 others wounded during a clash between two rival Taliban commanders in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Monday.
The firefight broke out in the morning in Zirkoh area about 5am, the governor’s spokesman, Ihsanullah Hayat, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
As of 1pm on Monday, he said the clash between supporters of Mullah Samad and Mullah Nangyalai continued. He said 11 fighters were killed and 10 others wounded during the clash from both sides.
Mohammad, a resident of the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Mullah Samad belonged to the splinter Taliban group led by Mullah Rassoul and Mullah Nangyalai supported Taliban controversial supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
He said both the sides were using light and heavy weapons against each other and both had suffered casualties, but he had no figures.
He said local residents were trapped in their homes and if the clash continued, civilians could also suffer casualties.
An intelligence official in Kabul told Pajhwok Afghan News a fierce clash was ongoing between rival Taliban factions in Shindand. He said the Taliban shadow district chief, Mullah Samad, had been killed in the clash.
There has been no word from the warring groups about their clashes.
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