Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – A senior Afghan Taliban commander has been shot dead in Balochistan.

Maulvi Muhammad Alam, loyal commander to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was killed on Thursday evening in Kuchlak area, some 25 kilometres from Quetta, two Taliban officials claimed on Friday.

Express Tribune reported that a Taliban leader confirmed that Maulvi Muhammad Alam was killed.

Another Taliban leader said that no group claimed responsibility for the killing and the group is investigating motives behind the killing.

Meanwhile, Taliban sources said Alam led fighters against Taliban dissidents in Afghanistan’s Zabul province in recent days that left dozens of militants dead. Top Taliban commander, Mansoor Dadullah, who had rejected Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief, was among the rivals killed in Zabul.

Although the Taliban routinely blame the Afghan intelligence for such target killings, some sources said it could be the result of Taliban’s internal rivalry.