Taliban Deny Reports That Mullah Omar Is Dead
The Taliban today dismissed reports that Mullah Omar had been killed. They say he is currently in a secure place… Like maybe Abbottabad?
The AFP reported:
Afghanistan’s Taliban dismissed as “pure propaganda” claims Monday that their leader Mullah Omar was dead, after an Afghan intelligence source said he had been killed in Pakistan.
“This is pure propaganda. This is not possible at all,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location. He added that Omar was currently in Afghanistan “leading the mujahideen”.
The claims were also denied by Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who told AFP that Omar was “safe and sound in a safe place”.
Ehsan added: “There is no truth in the news about his killing. This information has been spread to weaken the Taliban.”
Their denials came after one Afghan intelligence source said Omar had been killed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, while another claimed he had been missing for 11 days.
The first source, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that Omar had been killed on Friday, citing information received from sources within the Haqqani insurgent group, whose leaders are based in Pakistan.