Reports claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Afghan official says news conference called on subject of Taliban leader Mullah Omar amid rumors of his death

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The Afghan government said on Wednesday it was investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of Afghan Taliban, is dead.

The BBC had reported the news citing security sources.

An Afghan official told Reuters news agency that a news conference has been called on the subject amid rumors of his death.

Afghan and Pakistani media reports this week said that the leader, who has not been seen in public since 2001, died about two years ago.

Some of the reports also indicated Mullah Omar's son was in a position to take over the Islamist insurgency that is fighting against Afghanistan's foreign-backed government.

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[With Reuters]

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