The Afghanistan government has said it is investigating reports that the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead.
In a press conference in Kabul, a Government spokesman said: "We are still in the process of assessing those reports."
The announcement followed reports in Afghan local media that Omar, who has not been since 2001, was dead but have died as long as 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.
Omar went into hiding 14 years ago after his government was forced from power by the US-led Coalition following the 911 attacks in the USA.
The Taliban has yet to comment on the claims.
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