33 killed in Taliban infighting in Afghanistan

Kabul, Feb 22 (IANS) At least 33 Taliban militants were killed in week-long infighting between the supporters and opponents of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor in Afghanistan.

The clashes occurred in Nawa district of the eastern Ghazni province, Xinhua quoted provincial police official as saying on Monday.

“The clash which erupted between supporters of Mullah Mansoor and his rival Mullah Mohammad Rasoul over the control of Nawa district have left a total of 33 people killed from both sides,” he said.

“Rasoul’s supporters finally evicted Mansoor’s men from Nawa district on Sunday,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in contact with media rejected the report as baseless, saying there was no fighting among Taliban militants.

Taliban has ruled the mountainous Nawa district over the past few years.

One killed, 38 injured in Philippines blast

A six-year-old boy was killed and 38 persons were injured in a grenade explosion in the Philippines province of Sultan Kudarat, authorities said on Monday.

Alton John Antonio was killed when an explosion hit a carnival in Esperanza town on Sunday night, Xinhua quoted a Mindanao regional police official as saying.

The official said the injured were brought to different hospitals for treatment among whom one was in “serious condition”.

He added that unidentified attackers lobbed two grenades at the carnival but only one exploded. The other grenade was recovered and defused.

Authorities are now trying to establish the identities of the suspects.

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