UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Fifteen gunmen from the “Mullah Mohammad Rasool” group, one of the splinter factions of the “Taliban” movement, were killed, after raids carried out by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Afghan province of Herat, on the border with Iran.
On Thursday, the Herat authorities stated that clashes erupted between gunmen and security forces in the “Shindant” area.
The authorities stated that NATO fighters targeted the Mullah Muhammad Rasul militants, killing 15 of them.
Witnesses said civilian casualties also occurred in NATO air strikes.
The Ministry of Defense announced that an investigation had been opened into allegations of civilian deaths in the air strikes.
It is worth noting that Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur (killed on May 21, 2016) took the leadership seat after the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar last year, but some leaders of the groups under the movement rejected the leadership of Mansour.
After Mulla Muhammad Rasul himself declared a leader of the separatist groups, clashes began to take place between the two groups.
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