AT-KABUL: The number of casualties from the infighting between the two rival factions of Taliban in western Herat province jumped to 200 on Thursday. The clash is still continued, official sources said.
“On the fourth day, since the fighting erupted on Monday, the number of killed and injured Taliban fighters from both groups increased to 200,” a provincial official told Afghanistan Times on the condition of anonymity.
The rival groups are using heavy and light weapons. They are even killing fighters of rival group, made hostage, in Shindand, a district that share border with neighboring Farah as well.
The indiscriminate firings by the rival groups forced several families to leave their houses and seek shelter in nearby safe areas.
Some unconfirmed reports also claimed that a number of civilians were also killed and injured in the fighting that also dragged militants from neighboring provinces to the district to support their own groups in the clashes.
The one group, under the command of Mullah Nangyalai, is supporting Mullah Rasoul, the leader of dissident Taliban, while the rival commander Mullah Samad is fighting for the main Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
The dissident Taliban leader, who has more influence in western provinces, is trying to end presence of his rival group in Herat and Farah.