Residents of Afghanistan cast doubt on killing of Al-Qaeda’s Al-Zawahiri in Kabul

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Citizens and residents’ in Afghanistan capital of Khabul have expressed shock or doubt that Al-Qaeda’s chief had been killed in Kabul by a US drone strike, saying they couldn’t believe Ayman Al-Zawahiri had been hiding in their midst.

US President Joe Biden had on Monday evening announced Zawahiri’s assassination, saying “justice has been delivered” to the Egyptian with a $25 million bounty on his head.

A senior US official said the 71-year-old was on the balcony of a three-storey house in the upmarket Sherpur neighbourhood when targeted with two Hellfire missiles shortly after dawn on Sunday.

Reacting to the claims, a resident of the area, Fahim Shah claimed it is just a propaganda.

“We have experienced such propaganda in the past and there was never anything in it,” Shah said.

“In reality, I don’t think he was killed here.”

The Taliban admitted earlier on Tuesday that the US had carried out a drone strike, but gave no details of casualties — and did not name Zawahiri, who was considered a key plotter of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

On Sunday, the interior ministry had denied reports of a drone strike, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid explained that the claim was because an investigation was underway.

Kabul resident Abdul Kabir said he heard the strike on Sunday morning, but still called on the United States to prove who was killed.

“They should show to the people and to the world that ‘we had hit this man and here is the evidence’,” Kabir said.

“We think they killed somebody else and announced it was the Al-Qaeda chief… there are many other places he could be hiding — in Pakistan, or even in Iraq.”

The strike is sure to further sour already bitter relations between Washington and the Taliban, which pledged to stop Afghanistan from being a sanctuary for militants as part of the agreement that led to the US troop withdrawal last year.

 



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