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Taliban supreme chief hails ‘safety’ in uncommon look to mark Eidul Fitr

Afghanistan supreme chief appeared publicly for under the second time in six years on Sunday, telling worshippers celebrating Eidul Fitr that the Taliban had achieved freedom and safety since seizing energy final 12 months.

Speaking simply two days after a bomb ripped via a mosque in Kabul, an environment of heightened safety surrounded the person launched as Hibatullah Akhundzada, the chief of the Taliban.

“Congratulations on victory, freedom and success,” he instructed 1000’s of worshippers on the Eidgah mosque within the southern metropolis of Kandahar, the group’s de facto energy centre.

“Congratulations on this security and for the Islamic system.”

Afghan Islamic Press Releases Photograph Of New Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.

Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. PHOTO: Afghan Islamic Press/File

While the variety of bombings throughout the nation has dropped since Kabul fell to the Taliban final August, assaults soared over the ultimate two weeks of the fasting month of Ramazan, which ended Saturday for Afghans.

Dozens of civilians have been killed within the primarily sectarian assaults — some claimed by the Daesh — concentrating on members of the Shia and Sufi Muslim communities.

Friday’s bombing of a Sunni mosque within the capital killed not less than 10 individuals.

Akhundzada delivered his temporary tackle from one of many entrance rows of worshippers in Kandahar with out turning to face the gang, in accordance with social media posts.

Taliban officers didn’t permit journalists to approach him, whereas two helicopters hovered over the mosque for the entire of the two-hour occasion.

Dozens of Taliban fighters had been deployed the place Akhundzada and different Taliban leaders had been sitting they usually stopped worshippers from taking their photos on cellphones.

An AFP correspondent who reported from the mosque confirmed that the voice stated to be Akhundzada’s got here from the entrance rows of worshippers.

It was Akhundzada’s second recognized public look since taking management of the Taliban in 2016.

When the person launched because the Taliban chief started to talk, worshippers chanted “Allahu Akbar! Long live Islamic Emirate and Long Live Akhundzada!”

Worshipper Aziz Ahmad Ahmadi stated he was overwhelmed.

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“I cried when I heard the voice of Sheikh Saheb (Akhundzada)… to hear him is like achieving my biggest dream,” he stated, however added he had failed to identify the chief among the many crowd.

Another Kandahar resident Bismillah, who attended the Eid prayers on the Eidgah mosque, stated, “I’m so happy that I can’t even describe it”.

“I had a dream to pray alongside my supreme leader, to hear his voice or to see him,” he instructed AFP.

Akhundzada’s low profile has fed hypothesis about his position within the new Taliban authorities, shaped after the group took management of Kabul on August 15 — and even rumours of his loss of life.

His public profile has largely been restricted to the discharge of messages throughout Islamic holidays from his workplace in Kandahar.

In October, Akhundzada visited the Darul Uloom Hakimiah mosque within the southern metropolis, in accordance with an audio recording circulated by Taliban social media accounts.

On Friday, in a message launched forward of Eidul Fitr, he made no point out of the bloodshed that had rocked Afghanistan over Ramazan, as an alternative praising the Taliban’s constructing of “a strong Islamic and national army” and “strong intelligence organisation”.

In Kabul, Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund held Eid prayers on the palace, the place he slammed Washington for intervening in Afghanistan’s inner affairs.

“Didn’t they (Washington) withhold the wealth of this country which was in its bank? Isn’t that intervention in this country?” Akhund stated in an announcement launched by the authorities.

Washington seized billions of {dollars} of Afghanistan’s property after it withdrew in August, deepening a humanitarian disaster within the nation.

Many Afghans in Kabul most popular to remain indoors on Sunday relatively than pray at mosques after the current lethal assaults.

“The situation of our people is very sad, especially after what happened in the mosques,” Kabul resident Ahmad Shah Hashemi instructed AFP.

“Many young and old people have been martyred. The people of Afghanistan have nothing but sorrow.”

The deadliest assault throughout Ramazan was within the northern province of Kunduz, the place a bomb ripped via a mosque as a gaggle of Sufis carried out rituals.

At least 36 individuals had been killed and scores extra had been wounded. No group has to this point claimed that assault.

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