Gunmen attack Kabul house of former Taliban envoy to Pakistan

Zaeef was not home at the time of the attack

Tahir Khan December 24, 2016
Mulla Abdul Salam Zaeef. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Unidentified gunmen attacked the house of former Afghan Taliban enovy to Pakistan Mullah Zaeef in Kabul late Friday night.

Zaeef was not home at the time the attack. “Assailants on motorcycles lobbed a hand grenade at my house in Bagrami area of the Afghan capital, and also fired shots,” the former ambassador told The Express Tribune.

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No one was hurt during the incident and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban insurgents have denied any involvement and Zaeef has said he has no personal enmity.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid described the attack as ‘regrettable’ and said Zaeef has been contributing to educational activities.

Zaeef was arrested in Pakistan after the US and NATO dislodged the Taliban government in late 2001. He was imprisoned in Guantanamo and released in 2005.

The former Taliban diplomat now runs the largest Islamic school in Afghanistan along with several other Kabul-based former Taliban officials.


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