Mullah Mohammad Omar, supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, has died. The report has been confirmed by authorities in Pakistan who have shared the information with Afghan government officials, media reports claimed.
According to reports, deputy spokesman for the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi has called a news conference in Kabul, the Afghanistan capital.
Afghani media had reported the killing of the Islamist leader, in 2011, but this was later dismissed by Pakistani officials. The Taliban said, their phones had been hacked and messages sent out claiming that Mullah Omar was dead. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government.
Mullah Omar was born into an impoverished family in the town of Nodeh in Afghanistan’s southern Uruzgan province, some time between 1959 and 1962. After studying at several Islamic schools, he emerged as a Muslim cleric. He has since been in hiding, with a $10m US state department bounty on his head.