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Deadly clashes erupting between rival Taliban groups in Ghazni


AFGHANISTAN: Deadly clashes have been erupting between two rival groups of Taliban in central Ghazni province of Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

The provincial governor said that one group belongs to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and the other one to Mullah Mohammad Rasoul.

According to Mohammad Aman Hamim, the clashes which started in the jurisdiction of Nawa District earlier this morning have so far left 27 militants killed.

Head of the Provincial Council of Ghazni also reported clashes between the followers of Mullah Mansour and Mullah Rasoul.

Khaliqdad Akbari said both groups clashed in Muqur District last night leaving several killed and wounded.

Fractions happened in Taliban after the group’s Supreme Leader was confirmed dead last year.

The two major groups formed after the news is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour’s group and Mullah Mohammad Rasoul.

Another group has also announced its split from the main group under the leadership of Mullah Obaidullah in Paktika province however it does not have as many followers as Mullah Mansour and Mullah Rasoul. -KP

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