A militant commander said five people were killed in the firefight and several were injured 'including Mullah Mansoor.'
    
A local security official confirmed the Tuesday night incident and said Mansoor was shifted to an undisclosed location in Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province by the militants for treatment.
    
Another official said Mansoor was 'fatally injured.' But Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid quickly dismissed the claim about the shootout and Mansoor's injury.
    
"These are rumours and entirely baseless stories. Mullah Mansoor is safe and nothing happened to him," he said.
    
The incident occurred just four months after Mansoor was appointed Taliban chief in a deeply acrimonious leadership succession following the death of the outfit's founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, who led the movement for some two decades.

 

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