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Mullah Haibatullah appointed as Taliban’s acting supreme leader

Mullah Haibatullah appointed as Taliban’s acting supreme leader

Dec 05, 2015 - 15:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Mullahinfo-icon Haibatullah has been nominated as new Talibaninfo-icon supreme leader after the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, says a source close to the militant movement.

Mansoor was reportedly killed during a shootout between Taliban leaders during a meeting in Quetta last week. But the outlawed movement has rejected the claim as fabricated.

The firefight that took place in Kachlak has been confirmed by the first-vice president’s spokesman, Sultan Faizi. Taliban official Mullah Abdullah Sarhadi, a former governor, and five others were also killed in the gunfire exchange.

Requesting not to be named, the source told Pajhwok Afghan News Haibatullah had been appointed Mullah Mansoor’s successor at an emergency meeting attended by senior militant leaders.

He said the Taliban had informed all shadow governors, district chiefs and military commanders that Mansoor would take up to eight months to recovery from his injuries, and that Haibatullah would serve as acting Taliban leader.

Mansoor’s death is being kept under wraps, as its confirmation could undermine the movement’s morale, according to the source, who believed the Taliban were unlikely to make a public announcement in this regard. 

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid vehemently denied Haibatullah’s appointment as the movement’s acting head.


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