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Taliban splinter group appoints new leader

Taliban splinter group appoints new leader

Aug 16, 2016 - 18:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Mullahinfo-icon Emdadullah Mansour has been appointed as new leader of a Talibaninfo-icon splinter group, Mullah Dadullah Front, the group said in a video message on Tuesday.

The group’s former leader Mullah Mansour Dadullah was killed along with his fighters by fighters loyal to former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour about 10 months back in southern Zabul province.

According to the new video message obtained by Associated Press (AP), the slain Mansour Dadullah’s nephew Emdadullah has been appointed as the group new leader.

His appointed was declared in a grand gathering in Zabul province where dozens of his fighters and religious leaders could be seen.

Mullah Emdaudllah pledged to continue fighting against foreign invaders in Afghanistaninfo-icon. He also promised revenge for the group’s slain leader.

Mullah Mansour Dadullah disagreed with Akhtar Mansour appointment as the Taliban new leader after the news of Taliban founder and long time supremo Mullah Omar surfaced.

Dadullah’s group was stationed in Khak-i-Afghan district of Zabul where Akhar Mansour’s group launched a massive operation against them and killed scores of the splinter group’s fighters.

A security official, who wished to go unnamed, said last year the Taliban attacked Mullah Mansour Dadullah’s home in Kalrghan locality and killed him.


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