Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor dies of injuries: Afghan official

(From Xinhua)

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor has succumbed to his injuries, said Sultan Faizy, spokesman for Afghan first Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum in his twitter account late Thursday.

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor

Aktar Mansoor replaced former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar who was confirmed dead late in July.

However, Mansoor’s elevation as leader divided the hardliner group into four factions with the prominent one led by Mullah Mohammad Rasoul, a close aide to Omar’s family.

Akhtar Mansoor, according to local television channel 1TV, was injured in a factional fighting in Quetta city of Pakistan on Tuesday and died of his injuries.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a statement, rejected Mansoor’s death report as baseless, saying some intelligence agencies are behind such false propaganda to deceive the public.

Local media, citing former Taliban leader Mullah Amir Khan Mutaqi, reported the death of Mullah Mansoor on Thursday.

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