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Taliban say Ismail alive, healthy

Taliban say Ismail alive, healthy

May 01, 2012 - 09:39

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Talibaninfo-icon movement on Tuesday rejected reports that its military council’s deputy head Maulviinfo-icon Ismail had been killed along with 25 key figures for holding clandestine peace talks with the United States.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a government official said on Monday that the prominent insurgent leader was killed by Pakistaninfo-icon's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon) on Saturday.

Before being killed, Ismail was reportedly detained in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on charges of holding secret parleys with the US and Afghan government.

But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, described reports about Ismail's killing as false, saying it was propaganda by the group's s rivals.

Ismail was alive and in a good healthinfo-icon, he added.



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