The Afghan government has shown off the body of the Taliban’s top operational commander to prove his death. It had announced the killing of Mullah Dadullah overnight, but the Taliban rebuffed the reports as propaganda.
The body, missing one leg, like Dadullah, was transported to Kandahar after a battle between the Taliban, and Afghan and coalition forces.
“We are sure he is Mullah Dadullah,” said the Governor of Kandahar. “I told you this operation was based on good information and he is the killer of a lot of Afghans.”
Dadullah had long orchestrated Taliban operations in the south of the country, in defiance of a coalition drive to defeat the movement.
Renowned for his brutality, he is also thought to have been behind a series of kidnappings of foreigners.
He is known to have masterminded the abduction of Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo and the killing of his driver and translator.
Dadullah was a member of the Taliban’s ten member leadership council, and close to Mullah Omar, chief spiritual leader of the Taliban, in hiding since the invasion.