Hafiz Saeed alleged to be alive
Islamic State has released an audio tape alleging it is of Hafiz Saeed (leader of Wilayat Khorasan, IS group in Afghanistan, Pakistan). This conflicts with statement from Abdul Hassib Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security given to Associated Press which claimed he was killed in a US airstrike in Achin District, Nangahar along with 30 others.
Hafiz Saeed Khan was former Emir of TTP in Oraksai and defected to IS along with a number of other Taliban leaders see following link,
“Are IS gaining a foothold in AfPak, video release shows some allegiance in the region”
Hafiz Saeed, (Still from IS video released earlier this year)
The message from Hafiz Saeed appeared on an IS website. However there were still disputes on social media as to whether it was his voice. The audio was passed to a contact who reports on insurgency in AfPak region who said he had heard his voice before.. he stated, “its his voice, I recognize it.”
Sabiq Jihadmal tweeted,
The Released Vice Message Of #Hafiz_Saeed Is Not His Sound, There Is A Big Difference Between This And His Sound.
Here is the Audio tape
Whether he is dead or alive remains unclear.
In recent days there has been much confusion as to who has died in air/drone strikes. There were allegedly around 30 others killed… so who were they? Campaigners call once again for governments using drones to name exactly who they have killed after each strike.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.