The Supreme Leader of the Taliban group Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada may have died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been reported.

Sources privy of the development within the Taliban ranks confirmed to Foreign Policy that Akhundzada tested postitive for the disease.

However, Mawlavi Mohammad Ali Jan Ahmad has told the publication that Akhundzada is sick but is recovering.

On the other hand, three Taliban figures who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Foreign Policy that Akhundzada died while receiving treatment.

The Taliban group has not officially commented in this regard so far.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that Mullah Yaqoob, the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar has has been appointed as the interim leader of the group.

This comes as reports emerged earlier last month suggesting that Mullah Yaqoob has been appointed as the military chief of the group following a reshuffle in the top leadership of the Taliban.

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