Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was shot and wounded during a meeting of militant leaders in south-western Pakistan, a Taliban source said Thursday.
“He’s seriously injured. God knows if he can survive,” the source told dpa from Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
At least six other Taliban fighters, including Mansoor’s bodyguard, were killed in the shootout, another source said.
Neither source was present at the meeting, which they said took place Wednesday.
Another Taliban source, spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, denied that any shootout had taken place or that Mansoor was hurt.
Mansoor succeeded Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Omar in August after the news of Omar’s death in 2013 became public earlier this year. But Mansoor’s leadership was disputed by some within the militant group who later rallied behind another longtime friend of Mullah Omar.