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Afghan Taliban warns US to ‘never repeat’ drone strike on Kabul

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban has issued its first official comments on the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike on Kabul, saying the group had no knowledge of the wanted militant’s presence in the Afghan capital.

In a statement, Taliban senior spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the group has instructed its investigative and intelligence agencies to conduct thorough and comprehensive probes on various aspects of this case.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri’s arrival and stay in Kabul, ”  he added.

According to him, no country, including the United States, is under threat from Afghanistan.

Furthermore, he said that the Taliban intended to put the Doha Agreement into effect and that its violations had to stop.

The Taliban once more denounced the US attack on Kabul as a violation of Afghan airspace and against international norms and warned that the US will be held responsible for the consequences of such attacks if repeated.

On the other hand, several top American officials, including Zalmay Khalilzad, claimed that some Taliban leaders were aware of Zawahiri’s presence in Kabul.

On Sunday, the US killed the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a drone strike in Afghanistan. He was killed in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the CIA in the Afghan capital Kabul.

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