Mullah Omar’s son warns to carry out suicide attack amid rift among Taliban
By Khaama Press - Mon Sep 14 2015, 2:23 pm
The eldest son of Mullah Mohammad Omar has warned to carry out a suicide attack amid rift among the Taliban leadership following the death of the group’s found and Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
In an audio message, Mullah Omar’s son, Mullah Yaqoob said, his father had not appointed a successor for the group, without claiming the leadership.
He said “If unity can return with my death, I am willing to carry out suicide,” according to Reuters.
Declaring the Afghan government as the group’s enemy, Mullah Yaqoob also insisted that “We are ready for whatever order the council gives us. We are ready to work in any capacity, whether on a high level or a lower level.”
He also made a statement regarding circumstances surrounding his father’s death, saying “I wanted to assure you that he died a natural death.”
“He had been sick for some time but his condition deteriorated,” he said, adding that “We made enquiries from the doctors, it seems he was suffering from HCV (Hepatitis C).
“He stayed in Afghanistan even after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. He died there and was laid to rest there,” Mullah Yaqoob added.
This comes as Mullah Mohammad Omar’s brother who opposes the election of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement supreme leader of Taliban has warned last month of internal fighting within the group if differences are not resolved.
Mullah Abdul Manan wanted Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub as the replacement supreme leader of Taliban and had earlier said that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was not elected by majority of Taliban’s central Shura ‘council’.
However, the supporters of Mullah Mansour insist that the election was based on the decision of 95 percent of the Shura members.