Former Jihadi Leader Among 7 Dead in Samangan Clash

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A former jihadi leader and four of his fighters died in a clash with Taliban insurgents in northern Samangan province on Sunday, local officials said.

Three insurgents also died in the battle.

The incident took place after a number of insurgents attacked Damullah Karim, the former jihadi leader’s house, a spokesman for Provincial Governor, Mohammad Sediq Azizi said on Monday.

“In the clash, Qari Damullah Shamshad, Taliban district governor in Roy Do Aab, Mawlawi Bozorg, Taliban district governor for Dara-e-Sof and Nematullah, Taliban commander in Dara-e-Sof were also killed in the clash with the jihadi leader,” he said.

The reason behind the clash is not yet clear, said officials.

The incident happened in Zeraki village – which was the scene of last month’s clash between police and insurgents – where five local policemen died.

The Taliban has yet to comment on the incident.

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