Reports: Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah killed in Afghanistan
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Mullah Dadullah, also known as Mullah Dadullah Akhund, a Taliban leader, radical Islamic cleric and military commander, has been killed in southern Afghanistan after an encounter with Afghan and Allied forces, according to the Afghan government.
Saeed Ansari, an Afghan intelligence spokesman said, "Mullah Dadullah has been killed and his body is in Kandahar."
NATO spokesperson Major John Thomas confirmed that Dadullah has been killed. "We fully expect Mullah Dadullah will be replaced in time, but for now the insurgency has received a serious blow," Thomas said.
Mullah Dadullah was frequently seen in videos with a machine gun and artillery in his clerical clothing along with his turban. However, it is known that he attended madrassas before joining the fight against the Soviet forces.
Last month, Mullah Dadullah gave an interview in which he said that Osama bin Laden was alive and was coordinating the activities of the Taliban. In 2005, Mullah Dadullah vowed, "The mujahideen will not lay down their arms unless the Americans leave and an Islamic state is established."
- "Taliban leader: Osama bin Laden is "still alive" and "Taliban ready to strike Americans"" — Wikinews, March 1, 2007
- Griff Witte. "Top Taliban Commander Killed in Afghanistan" — , May 13, 2007
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- Al-Jazeera TV. "Taliban's Military Commander Mullah Dadallah: The Mujahideen Will Not Lay Down Their Arms unless the Americans Leave and an Islamic State Is Established" — , July 18, 2005