Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

On Wednesday the Afghani government finally confirmed the  rumors that Mullah Omar, the leader of Taliban, is dead. 

The Afghani president's spokesman stated: "The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan. The government of Afghanistan believes that grounds for the Afghan peace talks are more paved now than before, and thus calls on all armed opposition groups to seize the opportunity and join the peace process."

It was also noted that Omar had died more than two years before.

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A spokesman for the National Directorate of Security Abdul Hassib Seddiqi said that terrorist died of natural causes in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.

The source states that only a handful of senior members of the Taliban's ruling "Quetta Shura" knew about Omar's demise, but the rumor has been widespread even among members of the Islamic extremist group and has cropped up repeatedly in local media reports.

CBS News notes that Omar was an ethnic Pashtun, like the vast majority of his Taliban followers, from the Hotak tribe, and was generally believed to have been born in the late 1950s near Kandahar. It also marks that he was part of the U.S.-backed "mujahedeen" movement that ousted the Soviets from Afghanistan in the 1980s, and it was during that fighting that he lost his eye.

Source: Legit.ng

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