In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, photo, An Afghan boy reads a local newspaper at a news stand carrying a headline about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Confusion surrounded the fate of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was shot in a firefight during an argument with commanders of the divided movement, after an Afghan government spokesman tweeted Friday that he has died.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the claim as "baseless", telling AFP that Mansour was alive and well.The reported clash, which exposes dissent within the Taliban's top ranks, comes just four months after Mansour was appointed leader in an acrimonious leadership succession.Mansour was declared Taliban leader on July 31 after the insurgents confirmed the death of Omar, who led the Islamist movement for about two decades.A breakaway faction of the Taliban led by Mullah Mohamed Rasool was formed last month, in the first formal split in the once-unified group – and Amarkhil said Mansour's death could provoke fresh fighting with Rasool's men.
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