200 dead & wounded as Taliban infighting ends
HEART CITY (Pajhwok): The clashes between two rival Taliban factions on Thursday came to an end, leaving more than 200 militants dead and wounded in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said.
The bloody clashes broke out between the two groups loyal to the Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour and a splinter group commander Mullah Mohammad Rasool in various parts of the district on Tuesday and lasted on Thursday after Rasool loyalists surrendered to Afghan security forces.
A spokesman for the governor of Herat, Jilani Farhad, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes, which had been underway for the last few days, between Mullah Nangyalai aligned to Rasool and Mullah Samad loyal to Mansour came to an end on Thursday.
He said the militants had beheaded their rivals in front of their families. At least 200 insurgents had suffered casualties on both sides, he said, adding a government delegation to assess the situation had been sent to the affected areas.
Najibullah Najibi, the 207th Zafar Military Corps spokesman, said commander Mullah Nangyalai had surrendered to the Afghan National Army (ANA) troops along with his 100 fighters.
A resident of Shindand district, Naseer Ahmad, said the infighting had been ongoing for the past three days and civilians had suffered some casualties.
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