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Afghan leader hails ‘security’ in rare appearance

KANDAHAR (AFP) – Afghanistan’s supreme leader appeared publicly for only the second time in six years yesterday, telling worshippers celebrating Aidilfitri the Taleban had achieved freedom and security since seizing power last year.

Speaking just days after a bomb ripped through a mosque in Kabul, an atmosphere of heightened security surrounded the man introduced as Hibatullah Akhundzada.

“Congratulations on victory, freedom and success,” he told thousands of worshippers at the Eidgah mosque in the southern city of Kandahar, the hardline extremist group’s de facto power centre.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin

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