Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead: report

Mullah Omar has been in hiding ever since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. He is known for spearheading the Taliban movement in the 80s and successfully driving back the soviets.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2015 6:31 pm
mullah omar, mullah omar death, mullah omar dead, mullah omar afghanistan, taliban leader death, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Afghan Taliban, mullah omar news, isis india, india terror list, most wanted terrorist india FILE – In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official says his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. (Source: AP)

Elusive one-eyed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 with an iron fist before US-led forces overthrew his government, has died, according to a media report today. Citing Afghan government and intelligence sources, the BBC said that the Omar died two to three years ago. No further details were released.

Read: All you need to know about Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar

Quoting a Taliban spokesman, it said the militant group would issue a statement shortly.

Early this month, the Taliban had issued Omar’s message on the eve of Eid in which he had hailed as “legitimate” the July 7 peace talks between his group and the Afghan government aimed at ending 13-year war in Afghanistan.

mullah omar, mullah omar death, mullah omar dead, mullah omar afghanistan, taliban leader death, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Afghan Taliban, mullah omar news, isis india, india terror list, most wanted terrorist india In this image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. The reclusive Afghan Taliban leader has backed peace talks with the Kabul government, saying in a rare message distributed to media Wednesday, July 15, 2015 that the goal of these efforts is an “end to occupation” by foreign forces. (Source: FBI via AP)

There have been several reports of Omar’s death in the past. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government, the BBC said.

The Taliban leader is hiding following the ouster of his government in 2001. It was Omar’s backing for al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks that sparked the US-led campaign in Afghanistan.

He is carrying a USD 10 million bounty on his head. Taliban leaders and fighters have not heard from their chief since 2007.

Afghan Taliban this year published a surprise 5,000-word biography of Omar to mark his 19th year as the group’s chief.

The biography says he was born in 1960 in the village of Chah-i-Himmat, in the Khakrez district of Kandahar province.

It lists Omar’s military feats fighting the Russians between 1983 and 1991, saying he was wounded four times and lost his right eye.

In 1994, he took over leading the militants to tackle the “factional fighting” among warlords that followed the collapse of the communist regime in 1992.

In 1996, Omar was conferred the title “ameer-ul-momineen” (head of the pious believers), becoming Taliban’s supreme leader.

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