Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead – Afghan, Pakistani govt sources

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim.


The death of the Taliban’s supreme commander, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been confirmed by Pakistani authorities to Afghan government officials, according to media reports.

The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released.

There have been several reports of Mullah Omar’s death in the past.

Afghan authorities have announced a press conference on Mullah Omar to respond to the rumors, Reuters learned from an unnamed official not authorized to speak on the matter. No further details were provided.

The Afghani Khaama Press news agency reports that the issue of Mullah Omar’s possible death was discussed by the Afghan Cabinet following confirmation from Pakistani authorities.

The Afghan Taliban are not divulging any information, but have said they will release a statement in due course. The militant group’s representatives have recently been in talks with top Afghan officials for the first time in Pakistan.