The latest reports of Mullah Omar’s death are being taken more seriously than previous such reports. The Taliban is expected to issue a statement soon. The Afghan government, elected last year, has embarked on a peace process with the Taliban.
Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s security services says.
Abdul Hassib Seddiqi told the BBC’s Afghan Service that Mullah Omar had died of health problems at a hospital in Pakistan.
Afghanistan’s government says information on his death is “credible”.
A security official in Pakistan, the country hosting the talks, told AP that the claims of Mullah Omar’s death were mere “speculation”, designed to destabilise the negotiations.
Pakistan’s government and security services have not formally commented on the claims so far. They have always denied that Mullah Omar was in their country.
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