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Taliban reject report of leader`s hospitalisation

Last Updated: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 16:26

Kabul: A Taliban spokesman rejected a report on Thursday that the group`s little-seen one-eyed leader was treated for a heart attack in a Pakistani hospital with the help of that country`s spy agency.

The report from a private intelligence-gathering company was unfounded, Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.

"It is more propaganda, part of the rumour-war launched by the enemy," Mujahid said.

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has no heart issues, he added.

The Pakistani Army, which controls the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, also denied the report on Thursday.

The Eclipse Group, a private intelligence network, circulated the report, saying it came from a doctor at the hospital who had seen Omar, though he had not been part of the operating team.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 16:26
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