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Infighting over national flag leaves 9 Taliban dead

Infighting over national flag leaves 9 Taliban dead

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Jun 21, 2018 - 20:50

SHARANA (Pajhwok): At least nine Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed during infighting over carrying the Afghanistaninfo-icon national flag in southeastern Paktika province, residents and officials said on Thursday.

However, the Taliban rejected the incident that sources said took place in Atta Khuni area of Omna district on Tuesday.

Wali Jan, a resident of Spin Kali village of Omna district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that gunmen loyal to Taliban’s shadow governor for Paktiak, Pir Agha, had threatened Taliban militants who carried the Afghanistan national flag.

He said some people believed a would-be bomber among Taliban was blown up remotely during the clash, but others said no blast took place and there was an armed clash among the rebels.  

The resident said nine people were killed on both sides and all of them were militants.

Meanwhile, a credible government source in Omna district told Pajhwok that the Taliban’s shadow governor showed serious reaction to carrying of a national flag by a Taliban militant.

The source said a verbal dispute between the two led to an armed clash that left nine rebels dead.

A source in Yahyakhel district, who wished to go unnamed, said a would-be Taliban suicide bomber who was poised to carry out his attack somewhere instead detonated his explosives among his colleagues, killing 10 other militants.

Paktika police spokesman Shah Mahmod Aryan said that a Taliban commander named Sadiq had clashed with the group’s governor, Pir Agha, over Afghanistan national flag.

He said nine people were killed on both sides and three others were injured. It was believed a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during the dispute.

But Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said no such incident had happened in any district of Paktika province.

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