Alwaght-Reports are emerging that the new Afghan Taliban terrorist group chief, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is possibly dead.
This is after doubt was cast on the authenticity of a purported audio message of Taliban chief in an attempt to rubbish claims he was killed or injured in a fight with rival factions within the terrorist group.
The reports of the gun battle at a meeting in Pakistan emerged last week.
"I have recorded this message to let everyone know that I am alive," a voice, claiming to be Mansoor, says in the recording.
The voice in the 17-minute recording is reported to be similar to previous recordings of Mansoor and Afghan officials said they were working to verify the clip.
However, senior sources within the Taliban have cast doubts about the authenticity of the message.
"I think it's a faked audio. I believe he's dead," an unnamed senior Taliban source said.
A spokesman for Afghanistan's first vice president Abdul Rasheed Dostum had last week claimed Mansoor was wounded in a shootout, while multiple intelligence and militant sources claimed he was dead.
Last Thursday, a spokesman for Mullah Dadullah’s Taliban breakaway faction, Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, asserted that Mullah Mansour had been killed in the reported shootout at the Quetta meeting.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor took over as the head of the Afghan Taliban in July after the death of his predecessor Mullah Omar, who led the terrorist group for almost 20 years but had not been seen in public since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.