“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri’s arrival and continue to be in Kabul,” the Taliban reported in a statement Thursday.
“The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the investigative and intelligence agencies to carry out a comprehensive and serious investigation into the a variety of aspects of the incident,” the Taliban extra.
A senior US administration formal mentioned senior Taliban figures from the Haqqani network ended up conscious of the al Qaeda chief’s presence in the region and even took methods to conceal his presence after the strike, restricting obtain to the risk-free household and swiftly relocating customers of his relatives, together with his daughter and her small children.
The property in which al-Zawahiri was hiding is in the Sherpur region of the Inexperienced Zone, where most of the officers from the prior Afghan federal government made use of to stay.
The Sherpur community was the moment the web site of an previous army base, but during the decades of civil conflict and the Taliban’s rule in the 1990s it was left just about unused.
In 2003, the Afghan protection ministry deserted it and the governing administration divided it into extra than 50 plots, supplying them to effective people which includes governing administration ministers and other superior-rating officers, in addition warlords and drug lords. Their residences before long obtained the nickname “poppy palaces.”
Soon after the tumble of the Ashraf Ghani govt in August 2021, the greater part of the entrepreneurs of Sherpur houses fled the state and their residences had been confiscated by the Taliban.