The Islamic Emirate said that they have not found any details to prove that Ayman al-Zawahiri, former leader of al-Qaeda, was killed in Afghanistan.
In August, US President Joe Biden in a live address announced the death of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“We have not reached a result yet. There has been no clear and decisive reason to prove that such an incident happened. It is still at a level of allegation. We have not received a satisfactory reason by the US,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, Islamic Emirate’s spokesman.
However, the Islamic Emirate then condemned the drone attack that took place in August, in which the US said Zawahiri was killed.
“If Zawahiri was alive, he might defend himself and prove somehow the US claim wrong,” said Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst.
Some political analysts called the death of Zawahiri a controversial issue and urged an international investigation into it.
“To be clearer to the public mind, it is better that the sides agree on an investigation by an international and professional team in this regard,” said Asadullah Nadim, a political analyst.
“This is a plan of the ISI and CIA to stress their claim that Afghanistan is a sanctuary of terrorists,” said Bilal Fatimi, a political analyst.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, 71, who led the al-Qaeda network after the death of founder Osama bin Laden, was born to an Egyptian family in 1951 in Cairo.
His father Mohammed, who died in 1995, was a pharmacology professor at Cairo University, where Zawahiri obtained a master’s degree in surgery.