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Five Taliban killed in clashes with rival faction in Herat

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Five of insurgents have been killed during clashes between two rival Taliban factions in the western Herat province, local officials said Tuesday.

A group of suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on a compound of the Taliban insurgents in the Shindand district late Monday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Jilani Farhad confirmed the incident and said at least two suicide bombers loyal to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor stormed into the compound of a rival group led by Mullah Rasool.

He said the clashes continued for at least half hour before the two suicide bombers were killed during the exchange of fire.

Farhad added at least three militants loyal to Mullah Rasool were also killed during the clash.

This is not the first time infighting has taken place among the rival Taliban factions in the country, particularly in western Herat province.

Dozens of insurgents were killed and scores of others were wounded after infighting erupted among the rival groups in this province last year.

The infightings normally take place due to the differences of views among the rivals who mainly oppose with the appointments for Taliban supreme leader after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar.

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