Taliban to replace Mullah Omar with new leader

Published July 30th, 2015 - 12:29 GMT
Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is said to have replaced Mullah Omar, whose death was confirmed this week by the Afghan government. (AFP/File)
Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is said to have replaced Mullah Omar, whose death was confirmed this week by the Afghan government. (AFP/File)

The Afghan Taliban have appointed a new leader after the death of Mullah Omar.

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will succeed one-eyed Omar, who had not been seen since 2001.

News of Omar's death was confirmed yesterday but it is thought he died more than two years ago.

Omar went into hiding after his government was forced from power by the US-led Coalition following the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

The Afghanistan government has said it believes that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago.

The presidential palace in Kabul issued a statement stating that 'based on credible information' it was able to confirm Omar's death.


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