Afghanistan investigating claims of Mullah Omar’s death

Kabul is examining claims of whether Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The militant led the war against US soldiers after they unseated him from the Afghan government in 2001.

The Afghan government announced its investigation into the death of the Taliban chief’s death on Wednesday.

“We are aware of the reports of the passing away of Mullah Omar… We are still in the process of checking those reports and as soon as we get confirmation or verification, we will inform the Afghan people and the media,” Zafar Hashemi, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, told reporters.

The Afghan government’s comments came shortly before representatives of Kabul were to talk to Taliban leaders in discussions mediated by Pakistan. The talks were planned for Friday in a location yet to be confirmed, but officials speculated it would be held in Murree, near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The first round of discussions was also held in the Pakistani city on July 7.
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