13 dead, 12 wounded in Taliban infighting
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok) At least 13 Taliban fighters have been killed and a dozen more wounded during a clash between two rival groups in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.
Herat police spokesman Jilani Farhad told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash took place between fighters of commander Mullah Samad loyal to Mullah Akhtar Mansour and a splinter group leader Mullah Rasool’s commander Nangyalai.
The infighting lasted late night and both the sides suffered heavy casualties, he said.
Ghulam Sarwar, a resident of the area, said both the sides had suffered causalities in the overnight clashes and now each group was attempting to take revenge on the other.
A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the clash was with security forces who sustained losses.
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