The Taliban took full control of Afghanistan in August this year and within a month, Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund was made the acting Prime Minister of the country and Mullah Baradar was named as the deputy PM. Before the announcement, Baradar was said to be in the running for PM. The change is said to have been because of stiff opposition from the Haqqani network.
The last 2 days saw many reports reporting that Mullah Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, was found dead after the shootout with the Haqqani group at the presidential palace.
Soon after when the reports started making headlines, Mullah Baradar released an audio statement on Monday in which he said that he is still alive. In the clip, Baradar said that there had been news about his death but he is still alive and is safe wherever he is. But we don’t know when the message was recorded.
This is not the first time that a terrorist leader returned from the dead and gave proof of being alive. Here are some terrorists, who were rumoured to be dead but returned, and some who returned many times but failed just once:
Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri was the leader of Al Qaeda since 2011, he was the successor of Osama Bin Laden. However, he was also rumoured dead after the ghastly attack that took place in 2011. Recently, a video started surfacing on the internet on 9/11 in which he spoke about several issues in a 60-minute-long video. After the video started circulating, people started assuming that he is not dead. In the video, he talked about the raid on the Russian military base that took place in January by Al Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria and various other things.
Osama Bin Laden
The world’s most wanted man was killed in 2011 in a raid conducted by US intelligence forces in Pakistan’s Abbottabad. The raid took place for 40 minutes and eventually ended with Osama’s death. However, there are many conspiracy theories about his death and people still believe that he is alive as no photos were released to the public. On the other hand, some people believe that US officials did not tell the whole truth. Some people also said that the whole thing was mysterious as Osama Bin Laden’s burial took place at the sea and that gave more reasons to people to build more alternate theories.
Velupillai Prabhakaran was the founder-leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE fought for Tamil Eelam, a homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils, with arms and tried to unseat the Sri Lankan government with daredevil bombings and suicide attacks. But the Sri Lankan military under then President Mahinda Rajapaksa took the fight to the rebels and killed the LTTE forces, its wounded, its women and whatever else that stood in the way. Prabhakaran and his son were captured alive and shot dead in 2009. Some countries in the world are seeking Sri Lanka’s answers on the wanton Tamil genocide during 2009 in which Prabhakaran was killed and mutilated. India has not been able to lend voice to that chorus because of the LTTE assassinating former PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was an Iraqi terrorist and the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) from 2014 till 2019. Baghdadi was known for his cunning and brutality, and he was found dead at the age of 48. It was reported that he killed himself when a US military operation took place in northwest Syria. Former US President Donald Trump even announced his death from the White House in 2019 and said that Baghdadi died by suicide after falling into a tunnel by the military’s dogs.