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Mullah Omar 'disappears' from Pak hideout: Afghan official

May 23, 2011

Lutfullah Mashal, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security speaks, speaks during a news conference in Kabul on May 23, 2011. – AFP

KABUL: Afghanistan's intelligence services said Monday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar had “disappeared from his hideout” in Quetta, Pakistan, up to five days ago but could not confirm his death.

“We can confirm that he has been disappeared from his hideout in Quetta, Balochistan,” said Nutfullah Mashal, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security.

“He has been disappeared from his location during the last four to five days,” he added, speaking in English.

“So far we cannot confirm the killing of Mullah Omar officially.”

Mashal was speaking at a news conference after an Afghan source speaking anonymously claimed Omar was dead, while another said he had been missing for 11 days.