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Seven killed in clash between Pak, Afghan Taliban in Kunar

PESHAWAR: Seven militants were killed during a clash between the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, police said on Friday.

Abdul Habib Saidkhel, the police chief of Kunar, told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the clash took place in the Pashad area of Sarkano district. He said six Afghans and a fighter of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were killed in the clash. He said that three Afghans and two Pakistani Taliban were also injured in the skirmish.

Meanwhile, local people said that four of the six Afghan Taliban killed in the clash were the residents of Pashad. They said the other two hailed from Badeel Darra in Naurang district. The AIP, while quoting sources, said that differences between the Pakistani Taliban and a shadow Afghan Taliban governor led to the clash.

Our Khar correspondent adds: Militants based in Kunar attacked the Pakistani security check posts in the Nawagai Tehsil in Bajaur Agency with rockets and heavy weaponry on Friday. However, no casualty was reported in the pre-dawn attack. The sources said unidentified militants fired a barrage of rockets on the check posts in the Nawagai Tehsil early in the day. Pakistani security forces, the sources said, retaliated in a forceful manner, forcing the attackers to flee across the border to Afghanistan.

Official sources said that one of the terrorists was injured in the retaliatory fire by the Pakistani soldiers.Pakistani Taliban militants escaped to Afghanistan’s Kunar province some years ago after the military operations in Bajaur and were able to set up sanctuaries in the bordering area.

—Originally published in The News

14 Taliban militants killed in an infighting in eastern Kunar province

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At least 14 Taliban insurgents were killed in infighting in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, the security authorities said Friday.

The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday morning in Sarkano district after clashes erupted among Tehrik-e-Taliban and militants operating under the Islamic Emirate.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that clashes took place around 5:00 am local time in Gula Pari area of Sarkano.

MoD further added that 8 militants of Tehrik-e-Taliban and 6 militants of Islamic Emirate were killed during the clash and 5 others were wounded from the two sides.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Infighting the among the Taliban groups has intensified during the past one year and since the announcement of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death last year.

The Taliban group has divided into different factions since Mullah Omar’s death was confirmed and was succeeded by Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

One of the main dissident Taliban group leader is Mullah Rasool who opposed with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as well as Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada as new Taliban supreme leaders.

Akhundzada succeeded Mullah Mansoor who was killed in an airstrike by the US forces in Balochistan province of Pakistan last month.