Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pakistan: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar 'arrested'

Kabul, 6 July (AKI/Xinhua) - Mullah Omar, the head of the AfghanTaliban, was arrested Tuesday in Pakistan, according to Afghan television Tolo television. But a Taliban spokesman denied the news.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, contacted by news agency New China, denied the news calling it western propaganda.

The popular Afghan television network Tolo also showed a still photo of the reclusive one-eyed Mullah Omar without giving more details.

Mullah Omar was Afghanistan's head of state at the time of the US invasion in 2001. He is believed to be directing the Taliban's war with Nato from neighbouring Pakistan.

Taliban militants have vowed to intensify activities against Afghan and Nato-led troops based in Afghanistan.

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