Pakistan’s The Express Tribune which has partnership with the International New York Times reports that the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is confirmed by the group’s central leadership.
According to the media outlet a former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said on condition of anonymity that Mullah Omar died more than two years before of Tuberculosis
“Mullah Omar died two years and four months ago owing to Tuberculosis. He has been buried on Afghan side of the border,”
The source has further told The Express Tribune on Wednesday that the dead body of the slain Taliban leader was identified by his son.
“Mullah Omar’s son had identified the body of his father.” He is quoted as saying.
Earlier, some Afghan government sources also told media that Mullah Omar is not alive.
This comes as leaders of the Afghan Taliban are reportedly mulling a replacement leader for the militant group.
The two main figures trying to take on the leadership are Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, a senior member of the group, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, the eldest son of Mullah Omar.
The two possible replacements were reported by Pakistan’s The News, another media outlet that keeps close eye on events and insurgency in Afghanistan.