Kabul (dpa) – The Taliban late Monday published two photos of
a hideout where the group’s supreme leader and founder, Mullah
Mohammad Omar, allegedly spent the last years of his life.
Mullah Mohammad Omar lived at the hideout until his death in 2013 and
led the militants from the “tiny room,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah
Mullah Omar used a garden at the hideout to sunbathe, Mujahid added
On Sunday, the US-based Zomia Center Think Thank published findings
of Dutch journalist Bette Dam which showed Mullah Omar was living
close to US bases in southern Zabul province after the Taliban were
ousted from power.
Dam’s conclusion was contrary to Washington’s belief that the Taliban
leader fled to and died in Pakistan following the fall of Taliban
regime and the US-led intervention in Afghanistan after the September
11 attacks in the US.
The Taliban were in power in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
In Kabul, the findings have angered government officials.
A spokesman for the presidential palace, Haroon Chakhansuri, dubbed
the result of the research as delusional, adding that “sufficient
evidence” exists that Mullah Omar lived and died in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate in the upcoming
presidential elections, Amrullah Saleh, called the findings a
“manipulative piece of propaganda”.