Haibatullah Akhundzada. (Reuters)
The report additional said that whereas Akhundzada and Matiullah died immediately, Majeed died just a few days later at a army hospital.
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Reports stating that Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada was killed in Pakistan’s Balochistan province final 12 months have emerged. Ahmadullah Wasiq, a senior chief of the organisation, nevertheless, took to Twitter to refute the stories.
Hindustan Times, quoting from Hasht-e-Subh newspaper, said that Akhundzada was killed with Taliban intelligence chief Mullah Matiuallah, finance chief Hafiz Abdul Majeed in a blast in Quetta. The report additional said that whereas Akhundzada and Matiullah died immediately, Majeed died just a few days later at a army hospital.
Dismissing the report, Wasiq wrote on Twitter, “This is fake information and baseless rumours haven’t any fact. Spreading such rumours and false information is a failed propaganda try by the enemy’s intelligence companies. The enemy desires to cover its defeats in such rumours and distract the individuals’s minds.”
If Akhundzada is certainly useless, he would be the third Taliban chief to have died on Pakistan soil, after Mullah Omar and Mullah Akhtar Mansour.