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In the midst of death rumours, Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada makes a rare public appearance.

Even after the Taliban took over the country in August, Akhundzada, also known as the leader of the faithful or Amir ul Momineen, had not been seen in public

In the midst of death rumours, Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada makes a rare public appearance.
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According to Taliban officials, the Taliban's reclusive supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, made a rare public appearance in the southern city of Kandahar on Sunday, despite widespread rumours that he had died.

Even after the Taliban took over the country in August, Akhundzada, also known as the leader of the faithful or Amir ul Momineen, had not been seen in public, leading to suspicion.

On Saturday, Akhundzada visited Jamia Darul Aloom Hakimia, a religious school in Kandahar, according to a top Taliban leader who was present during the event.

After U.S.-led forces withdrew in September, the Islamist movement's provisional government was disclosed, and the enigmatic Akhundzada retained his status as supreme commander, with ultimate power over the group's political, religious, and military matters, which he had held since 2016.

Although some officials claim that Akhundzada has made previous unannounced public appearances, this was the first verifiable appearance of a man who has had a low public profile for a long time.

The only photo of him that Reuters could find was an undated image shared on a Taliban Twitter account in May 2016.

Because of his enigmatic existence, there has been continual conjecture about his whereabouts and health.

For years, the Taliban have refused to acknowledge the death of Mullah Omar, the Taliban's founder and initial supreme leader.

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