Taliban leader Mullah Omar ‘dead’
London, July 29
The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, BBC reported on Wednesday quoting Afghan officials.
However, the militant group has not commented on the claim.
The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, the Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released.
A Taliban spokesman contacted by the BBC said the group would issue a statement shortly.
There have been several reports of Mullah Omar's death in the past.
Afghanistan government said it was investigating if the Taliban leader was dead.
Early this month, the Taliban had issued Omar's message on the eve of Eid in which he had hailed as "legitimate" the July 7 peace talks between his group and the Afghan government aimed at ending 13-year war in Afghanistan.
The Taliban leader is hiding following the ouster of his government in 2001. It was Omar's backing for al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks that sparked the US-led campaign in Afghanistan.
He has a USD 10 million bounty on his head.