Mullah Abdul Mannan Niazi, the deputy leader of a splinter group of Taliban led by Mullah Rasul, was wounded in a clash in western Herat province on Tuesday evening, sources said.  

Deputy leader of splinter group Mullah Abdul Mannan Niazi was injured in a skirmish in western Herat province on Tuesday.

This group of the Taliban is led by Mullah Rasul, the incident reportedly happened at around 10 pm local time in the Guzara district of Herat province.

According to reports, Tahrik-e-Taliban (Pakistan-based Taliban) affiliates attacked the group’s splinter branch in Duzara district where “Niazi” used to live.

Niazi suffered injuries on his head and is under treatment at a regional hospital, the concussion left him in coma.

Local reports indicate three of his men were killed and four others were injured during the skirmish.

The cause of the clashes between the two Taliban groups has not yet been determined.

The Taliban faction group had previously opposed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as Mullah Omar’s successor, Mansour was later killed in a US airstrike back in 2016.