Afghan Taliban leader ‘seriously injured’ in internal firefight


KABUL: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was seriously injured in a firefight following a heated argument at a gathering of militant commanders, officials said Wednesday, exposing deepening divisions within the fractious militant movement. It was not immediately clear if Mansour survived the clash, which occurred just four months after he was appointed Taliban supremo in a deeply acrimonious leadership succession. Five other Taliban members were killed after a verbal duel cascaded out of control, triggering a gunfight at the meeting near the Pakistani town of Quetta, said Sultan Faizi, the spokesman for the Afghan first vice president.



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