Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ‘injured’ in Faryab

Paryab: Zabihullah Mujahid, one of the two Taliban’s official spokesmen, has been injured during a clash with security forces in northern Faryab province, security officials said on Tuesday, a claim the rebels rejected.

Brig. Gen. Amanullah Mobin, the 209 Shaheen Military Corps commander in the north, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Mujahid was injured during a gun battle with security forces in Ghormach district two days ago.

However, he did not provide more details.

On the other hand, Zabihullah Mujahid did not respond to the media despite attempts by several journalists to contact him. But the Taliban in an email to reporters denied Mujahid had been injured.

Ghormach district was overrun by Taliban for a fourth time on Saturday after besieging Afghan forces for 20 days. Heavy clashes are still underway between militants and Afghan forces in the area.

Aminullah, administrative chief for Qush Tepa district in neighboring Jawzjan province, said the Taliban had killed a Daesh commander in the district.

“Jabir who previously fought in Taliban ranks was recently disarmed by the rebel group, but he joined Daesh about a month ago and was killed last night in Sherbig village of Qush Tepa district,” he said.

Sayed Rassoul, a resident of the area, said the body of the slain Daesh commander was still lying on the ground in the area. -Phajwak

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