New Taliban splinter group emerges in Afghanistan

Kabul: A new Taliban group "Dadullah Mahaz" or Dadullah front announced its existence in Zabul province of southern Afghanistan, a source close to the newly emergent armed group said on Wednesday.

Taliban new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban twitter feed on May 25, 2016, and identified separately by several Taliban officials, who declined be named. Social Media via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Taliban new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. Reuters

According to Moulavi Nematullah Samim, the Taliban splinter group is headed by Imdadullah Mansoor, the nephew of Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor Dadullah who was killed in infighting in Khak-e-Afghan district of Zabul province, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is the third Taliban splinter group since the death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar which was announced in July last year.

Moulavi Haibatullah Akhundzada and Moulavi Mohammad Rasoul Akhund are presently heading the two other Taliban factions.

The new group's supporters were active in 14 of the country's 34 provinces and would continue to fight against foreign forces in Afghanistan, Samim said.

Published Date: Aug 17, 2016 15:33 PM | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2016 15:33 PM

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