A prominent Taliban leader was shot dead by his own comrade apparently due to a brawl in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place at around noon time today in Shirzad district.

The statement further added that the Taliban leader Malik Jaipur was killed after engaging in a brawl with another comrade in Randchin area.

According to the provincial government, a security guard of Malik Jaipur was also wounded during the clash.

He was apparently shot dead by another Taliban commander identified as Lalagi, the statement said, adding that Malik Jaipur had earlier killed the brother of another Taliban leader identified as Satar.

The provincial government also added that the infighting and tensions have intensified among the Taliban militants in Nangarhar province during the recent months and as a result the militants have suffered heavy casualties.

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

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