New Delhi: The chief of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, BBC has reported.
The BBC report, which quoted Afghan officials, sated that the militant group has not commented on the latest development.
The militant group is likely to issue a statement shortly.
The Talibal leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources were quoted in the report, adding that no further details were given regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.
There have been several reports of Mullah Omar's death in the past.
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. 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.
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.