A Taliban militant has killed four fellow militants including key Taliban commander Qari Aman in Darzab district of Afghanistan’s northern Jawzjan province and joined the Islamic State (IS) group in the area, deputy to provincial police chief, Abdul Hafiz Khashi, said Friday.

“A body guard of Taliban key commander Qari Aman opened fire on his friends on Thursday, killing him and three others on the spot and joined IS group in the area,” Khashi told Xinhua.

Qari Aman had served as shadow governor of Taliban for Jawzjan province in the past and currently a shadow governor of Darzab district and was notorious; his physical elimination could serve as a major setback for Taliban in Jawzjan and adjoining Faryab and Saripul provinces, the official asserted.

Qari Aman murder took place amid ongoing fighting between Taliban and IS group as both sides have been fighting over the past three days to consolidate positions in the restive Darzab area.

Jawzjan province with Shiberghan as its capital 390 km north of Kabul, has been the scene of increasing militancy by both Taliban and IS group over the past one year.

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh