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Updated: January 20, 2011 14:18 IST

Taliban rejects report of leader's hospitalization

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This undated photo shows the rarely photographed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. File photo: AP.
This undated photo shows the rarely photographed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. File photo: AP.

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.

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,” Mr. 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.

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