Taliban Confirms Mullah Omar’s Death


Peshawar: High ranking Taliban officials confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and said that the outfit’s council has elected a new leader.

The Taliban leaders told Associated Press that the Taliban Shura, or supreme council has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader. He has been acting as Mullah Omar’s deputy for the past three years.

The two Taliban officials say the seven-member-council has been meeting in the Pakistani city of Quetta. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized by the council to talk to the media. They also said the group chose Sirajuddin Haqqani as their new deputy leader.