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Taliban Leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour Injured in Shootout: Official

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    Mullah Mohammed Rasool, the newly-elected leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, speaks during a gathering in Farah province, Afghanistan. He was injured in a shooting.

    The recently-installed leader of the Taliban was injured in a shootout between senior members of the militant group in Pakistan, an official told NBC News.

    Sultan Faizi, a spokesman for the Afghan first vice president, said Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour had been hurt.

    An official Taliban spokesman, however, denied that the incident took place. "This is totally baseless," Zabihullah Mujahid said.

    The Taliban typically denies reports that could hurt its standing. It had denied for some two years that reclusive, longtime leader Mullah Omar had died.