Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead: Afghanistan government 


Ju y 29, Kabul: Mullah Mohammed Omar, leader of the Afghan Taliban died two or three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources reported. The militant group has not commented on the claim.

Omar was born in 1960 in the village of Chah-i-Himmat, in Kandahar province.

Deputy spokesman of the Prime Minister Ashsraf Ghani is expected to make an official announcement at 10:00 GMT.

According to a biography published by the Afghan Taliban, he was described as being actively involved in “jihadi activities”. Omar led the Taliban to victory over rival Afghan militias in the civil war that followed the withdrawal of Soviet troops.

His alliance with al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden prompted the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Omar had since been hiding for a long time, with a $10 million bounty over his head announced by the US government.

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