Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Taliban digger founder Mullah Omar’s ‘getaway car’, a Toyota

Taliban digger founder Mullah Omar's 'getaway car', a Toyota

An official said the Taliban want the car to be displayed at the National Museum in Kabul.

Kandahar:

Officials said the car used by Taliban founder Mullah Omar was excavated in eastern Afghanistan, where it was buried for more than two decades, to avoid being targeted by US forces after the 9/11 attacks .

The white Toyota Corolla was buried in the garden of a village in Zabul province by former Taliban official Abdul Jabbar Omari, who ordered it excavated this week.

“It’s still in good condition, only its front is slightly damaged,” Rahmatullah Hammad, Zabul province’s director of information and culture, told AFP.

“To save this vehicle from being lost, the Mujahideen had buried it in 2001 as a memorial for Umar,” he said.

Taliban media officials published photographs of the car showing hand shovels being used by men from the car’s grave.

The Taliban want the car to be displayed in the capital’s National Museum as a “great historical monument”, Hammad said.

The Taliban was formed in Kandahar by Mullah Omar, who led the radical Islamist movement in 1996 after a bloody civil war and imposed a strict interpretation of Islamic law on the country.

Afghanistan then became a sanctuary for jihadist groups, including Osama bin Laden, the architect of the September 11 attacks, and al-Qaeda.

When the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden, the US and its allies launched airstrikes on Afghanistan, before attacking, ousting the Taliban from power and establishing a new government.

Taliban officials said this week that Mullah Omar had taken off in a Toyota Corolla from Kandahar.

He died in hiding in 2013, although the authorities kept his death a secret for many years.

After two decades of trying to stop the bloody insurgency, Washington withdrew its last troops last year as the Taliban swept across the country, captured Kabul and returned to power.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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