After Al-Qaeda chief’s killing in Kabul, Taliban says ‘had no information of his presence in Afghanistan’

Ayman Al-Zawahri, who took over as the leader of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden’s death, as was killed in US drone attack in Taliban as claimed by Biden on August 2, 2022. [File Photo]

Two days after US President Joe Biden announced the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri by a drone strike in Kabul, Taliban on Thursday said they had no knowledge of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan.

“The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the intelligence agencies to hold a comprehensive and serious investigation,” AFP reported quoting an official statement.

Zawahiri’s assassination is the biggest blow to Al-Qaeda since US Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and calls into question the Taliban’s promise not to harbour militant groups.

The Taliban reiterated in their statement today that there was “no threat” to any country from Afghanistan’s soil.

Earlier on Tuesday, after the announcement of the Al-Qaeda chief’s killing, Joe Biden said “justice had been delivered” to the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks on the US.


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