Taliban spokesman accidentally reveals his location on Twitter

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul October 2, 2014. (Reuters)

The Taliban’s spokesman in Afghanistan earlier this week accidentally revealed his whereabouts on microblogging site Twitter, later claiming that the location leak was an “enemy plot.”

On Friday, Zabihullah Mujahid, 42, was attempting to use Twitter to claim an attack by the group – whose Pakistani branch on Sunday declared allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The location embedded in the tweet - a feature which allows Twitter users to opt-in to - showed that Mujahid was in the Sindh region in southwestern Pakistan - far from the Afghan border.

Twitter urges its users to be careful about sharing their locations. “There may be some updates where you want to keep your location private,” according to company literature.

In late August, Mujahid claimed to now have accounts on mobile texting applications Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat, and distributed the details - with a phone number - to a handful of journalists.

The group’s transparency “is a one-off with regard to the Middle East,” Eliot Higgins, a blogger who frequently analyzes photos and videos posted from conflict zones told the Washington Post.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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