Aide to Mullah Omar kidnapped in Quetta
Mullah Qayum Noorzai was kidnapped at gun point from Ishaqabad area of Quetta on Tuesday evening, a Taliban source in the city said.
Declining to be named, the source told Pajhwok Afghan News that Noorzai was travelling home in a car from a hospital when masked gunmen intercepted his vehicle.
He was accompanied by a guest and his two children. The guest resisted Noorzai’s abduction and was shot injured as a result, the source said. The gunmen drove away Noorzai after the brief resistance toward an unknown location.
The Taliban source identified Noorzai a member of the Noorzai tribe and a resident of Kandahar’s Spin Boldak border town.
He said Mullah Abdul Qayum Noorzai was Mullah Omar’s seminary class fellow and was one of the founding members of the Taliban movement.
He had served as commander of various units of Taliban forces and had many times got injured in clashes with security forces.
The source said during Taliban’s regime Noorzai was arrested by forces loyal to Ahmad Shah Massoud in northern Afghanistan. He spent two years in detention before released in an exchange of prisoners.
But due to recent internal differences, Mullah Noorzai was stripped of all military responsibilities and all his men were disarmed, the source concluded.
In response to an email from Pajhwok, the Taliban expressed unawareness about the incident and said they had no prominent figure in Pakistan by the name Mullah Noorzai.
The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, however said the incident would be investigated.
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