• publish: 9 February 2016
  • time: 9:59 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3344
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A top Taliban leader dies of cancer last night

A senior member of the Taliban leadership council Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani has passed away, Taliban announced in a statement on Tuesday morning.

According to the statement, Rahmani died of cancer last night. Khaama press reported.

Images published on social media show an elderly aged man, identified as Rahmani, lying on a bed in a hospital. However, the location of the hospital is not mentioned.

Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani was a close aide Mullah Mohammad Omar who served as the governor of southern Kandahar province and head of the southern zone during Taliban regime.

Rahmani was among the Taliban leaders who had been involved in meetings for reaching to a peace deal with government including one that was organized in Urumqi city of China.

He was one of the few Taliban commanders who initially opposed the selection of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the leader of Taliban after the death of Mullah Omar.

But sources later said that a compromise had been reached and Rahmani too pledged allegiance to Mansour.

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