14 Taliban killed after internal strifle

15:34, January 19, 2011      

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Fourteen Taliban militants were killed as an internal strifle erupted in Zabul province, some 340 km south of Kabul on Tuesday, deputy provincial police chief said Wednesday.

"Two groups of Taliban militants clashed in Deh Chopan district of Zabul province Tuesday afternoon. As a result 14 militants were killede," Ghulam Jilini Farahi told Xinhua.

He said the militants in Deh Chopan had killed seven drivers days ago and differences over the killing of the drivers, Farahi added, had led to the infighting but could not provide more details.

The ill-fated drivers, according to Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, the spokesman of Zabul's governor, had been detained on charge of cooperating with the government and after investigation set them free and sent to Deh Chopan on the same car last Thursday but the car ran over a mine leaving all dead.

This bloody incident angered a Taliban group operating in the neighboring Arghandab district to question comrades in Deh Chopan and the action led to infighting on Tuesday leaving 14 insurgents dead, Rasoulyar stressed.

It is the first infighting between Taliban fighters, reported Afghan officials.

Meantime, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from an undisclosed location termed the claim as mere propaganda and rejected.

Source: Xinhua

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