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Attacks on Afghan police, army and Nato kill 42

A wave of attacks in Kabul on Afghan police, Nato installations and the army has killed at least 42 people and wounded hundreds.

Afghan soldiers at the site a truck bomb blast in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

The attacks included a massive truck bomb in a heavily populated civilian area on Friday and a suicide attack on a police academy, were some of the most serious in months and the first in Kabul since the Taliban named a new leader last week.

The deaths injuries and damage are another blow to a tentative peace process that held its first meeting in July but was suspended last week.


Taliban appoint new leader after death of Mullah Omar

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.


'Credible information' confirms Taliban leader's death

Mullah Mohammad Omar has not been seen since 2001 Credit: Reuters

The Afghanistan Government is convinced that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago and has called on all opposition parties to embrace new peace talks.

A statement from the presidential palace in kabul said: "The government ... based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

"The government of Afghanistan believes that grounds for the Afghan peace talks are more paved now than before, and thus calls on all armed opposition groups to seize the opportunity and join the peace process."

Taliban leader died two years ago, says spy agency

The Taliban's leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital, Afghanistan's intelligence agency has claimed.

The statement by National Directorate of Security spokesman Hasib Sediqi came after the Afghan government said it was investigating reports of Omar's death, just days ahead of an expected second round of peace talks with the Taliban.

The NDS has previously said privately that its intelligence indicated Omar was dead, but it has not provided proof.

Former Taliban minister confirms death of Taliban leader

Mullah Mohammad Omar has not been seen since 2001 Credit: Reuters

A former Taliban minister has told ITV News that Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead.

He said Omar died more than two years ago from a disease which was possibly tuberculosis and is buried in Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan.

Pakistan suspicious over reports of Taliban leader death

Reports that Mullah Mohammad Omar have been met with scepticism in the Pakistan military ahead of with peace talks with the Afghan government.

Mullah Mohammad Omar went into hiding after 911 Credit: Reuters

A senior official from the Pakistani military, which historically has close ties to the Afghan Taliban and other Islamist militant groups in the region, said he could not confirm Omar's death.

"It is worth asking why this news has come out now, when we are two days away from the second round of peace talks," said the official.

"Especially in light of reports that he died two years ago... why is this news being released now? It raises questions about the intentions of people who don't want talks to go forward."

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