Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was killed in Pakistan, a private Afghan television channel reported on Monday. “Mullah Omar was killed on his way from Quetta to North Waziristan,” TOLO television said in its news bulletin. However, it did not provide details on how he was killed and by whom.
The channel also quoted an Afghan security official confirming the killing, saying, “It is correct that Mullah Omar has been killed.” The official emphasized that Mullah Omar was killed inside Pakistan.
Mullah Omar has survived massive U.S. military manhunt since the collapse of Taliban regime by U.S-led invasion in late 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Taliban denied the Afghan TV channel report and said that the Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive. “Reports regarding the killing of Amir-ul-Moemineen (Omar) are false. He is safe and sound,” Afghan Taliban spokesman Qari Muhamad Yousaf told an Afghan news agency.