Taliban Rejects Claim Top Leader and Group’s Co-founder Was Killed

The Taliban denounced claims on Tuesday that one of its top leaders who is also a co-founder of the designated terrorist group was killed during a clash with resistance forces. Rumors recently spread on the disappearance of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar—a top leader who hasn’t been seen in public since the Taliban’s swift takeover of the war-torn nation and its Western-backed government. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen denied the rumors that he was killed in a statement on Twitter, saying Baradar issued a voice message to reject all those claims. “In a voice message [Baradar] rejected all those claims that he was injured or killed in a clash,” Shaheen said, adding that the Taliban co-founder told him the rumors are “lies and totally baseless.” The denials follow days of rumors that supporters of Baradar had clashed with those of Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of the Haqqani network that is based near the border …

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