Rift in Afghan Taliban outfit surfaces: Afghan paper

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A local Afghan newspaper Hasht-e- Subh on Saturday reported split in the rank of Taliban outfit and formation of new extremist faction in the Afghan imbroglio.

According to the newspaper, the newly formed armed faction named "Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan," which literally means Suicidal Front of Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, has claimed the responsibility for killing Logar Provincial Governor Arsala Jamal on the first day of Eidul Adha, the Muslims biggest annual festival observed last Tuesday.

"Qari Hamza who claims to speak for Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan, by mailing statements to media outlets, has claimed responsibility for the killing of Logar Provincial Governor Arsala Jamal," the paper said.

Previously, Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Yusuf Ahmadi had usually claimed responsibility on behalf of Taliban outfit for targeting government interests and security personnel.

Contrary to the past, both Mujahid and Yusuf Ahmadi haven't yet made any comment on targeting the Logar governor.

In a bomb blast that rocked a mosque in Logar's provincial capital Pul-e-Alam on Tuesday, Jamal was killed on the spot and at least 15 others sustained injuries.

The new faction, Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan, according to Hasht-e-Subh, is against peace talks. It came into being in June 2013 when the Taliban liaison office was opened in Qatar capital Doha to hold negotiation with the United States and Afghan government on national reconciliation in order to find settlement to the lingering Afghan crisis.

Uncertainty over the fate of Taliban elusive chief Mullah Mohammad Omar, according to the paper, would help the new fanatic faction to grow and recruit more fighters.

Mullah Omar has not released any video or audio cassette since the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan and his (Omar) long silence is questionable, said the paper.

Seems close to al-Qaida network, the newly formed radical outfit Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan, according to the paper, believes in continuation of war. Endi

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