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Afghan authorities investigate reports about Taliban chief

Karachi, Dec. 4 : Afghan authorities are investigating whether Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour is dead or still alive after sources form the group claimed he was critically wounded in a gunfight following a quarrel with commanders in the militant group.

According to the Dawn, it is not yet clear whether Mansour survived the gunfight which has threatened to derail a renewed regional push to jumpstart peace talks with the Taliban.

The Taliban officially rejected as “absolutely baseless” the reports of the gunfight, which officials and militant sources said was triggered by an altercation at a gathering that cascaded out of control.

Sultan Faizi, the spokesman for the Afghan first vice president said that they are trying to establish if Mansour was dead.

Citing credible information, he said that his situation is critical.(ANI)