Buried for two decades, the Taliban dug up the car Mullah Omar used to escape. Photo/France24
A white Toyota Corolla was buried in a village park in Zabul province by former Taliban official Abdul Jabbar Omari, who ordered it to be exhumed this week.
“It’s still in good condition, only the front is slightly damaged,” Rahmatullah Hammad, Zabul province’s director of information and culture, told AFP. France24Thursday (7/7/2022).
“This vehicle was buried by mujahideen as a warning to Omar in 2001 not to disappear,” he explained.
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Taliban media officials published an image of a car dug by people using hand shovels from his grave.
“The Taliban want the car to be displayed in the capital’s national museum as a great historical monument,” added Hammad.
The Taliban were formed in Kandahar by Mullah Omar, who led the hardline Islamist movement to power in 1996 after a bloody civil war. The group then imposed a strict interpretation of Islamic law in the country.
Afghanistan later became a haven for terrorist groups, including Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, the architects of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
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