Taliban Official Killed In Quetta, Pakistan

Friday, 04/19/2024

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson, confirmed the death of Mohammad Omar Jan Akhundzada, a member of the Taliban's oversight office.

According to sources, Akhundzada had travelled to a village in Quetta, Pakistan, to visit his family during the Eid al-Fitr days, where he was killed by unknown individuals.

Mujahid expressed condolences on Akhundzada's death in a note posted on X social media platform on Friday.

The Taliban spokesperson and other officials of the group have not provided any explanation regarding how he was killed or by whom.

The Taliban have condemned the killing of Omar Jan Akhundzada and labelled his death a "big crime”.

So far, no individual or group has claimed responsibility for his killing.

Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), under Taliban control, reported that Akhundzada was a member of the Taliban's oversight office and a teacher at a jihadist school in Kandahar.

However, sources from Kandahar told Afghanistan International that he was an advisor to Hibatullah Akhundzada, leader of the group. According to sources, he led a Taliban jihadist school in Kandahar.

Sources said that this Taliban official was killed in Quetta by unidentified individuals on Thursday evening.

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