Afghanistan banned mourning ceremonies for deceased Taliban leader Omar

Aug 4, 2015 09:00 IST

National Directorate of Security, the intelligence agency of the government of Afghanistan on 3 August 2015 banned all mourning ceremonies for deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar. It warned that any gatherings condoling his death would be a “legitimate target” for Afghan forces.

The announcement came hours after Afghan forces reportedly targeted a funeral ceremony for Omar in the in the Qarah Bagh district of southern Ghazni province. The agency said that all security and defence forces had been directed that such rallies in his support are legitimate military target.

The Taliban on 30 July 2015 confirmed the death of their supremo who led the movement for some 20 years, prompting an out pouring of grief from his legions of loyalists.

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