A clash broke out between the Taliban militants for the first time since the confirmation of the group’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.
The incident reportedly took place in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday following a verbal clash between the militants regarding the appointment of the group’s new supreme leader.
A local security official in Shindand district said at least 9 Taliban insurgents including the group’s senior commander were killed during the infighting.
The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that the militants were divided in two groups regarding allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor which led to gun battle between the two sides.
He said the senior Taliban commander killed during the gun battle has been identified as Mullah Ismail who was killed along with his five men and three militants from the other group was also killed.
Taliban formally confirmed the death of Mullah Omar by issuing a statement last week and later announced the Mullah Mansoor was appointed as the group’s new supreme leader.
Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged last week suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.
Mullah Omar’s death was first confirmed by a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, which claimed that he was assassinated Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.
The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.
Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.