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Afghan Taliban leader Mansour 'wounded in gunfight'

December 2, 2015 4:36 pm

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been seriously wounded in shooting at a meeting of militants in Pakistan, Taliban sources say.

Four Taliban gunmen were killed in the gunfight after an argument on the outskirts of Quetta, a source said.

Another report said Mullah Mansour died but this is unconfirmed. A Taliban spokesman denied the gunfight happened.

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Mullah Mansour’s appointment prompted splits in the Taliban after its founder Mullah Omar’s death emerged in July.

A number of senior Taliban commanders refused to pledge allegiance to him and a faction opposed to him was set up last month under Mullah Mohammad Rasool.

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