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Afghanistan government says Taliban leader is dead

The Afghanistan government has said it believes that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago.

The presidential palace in Kabul issued a statement today stating that 'based on credible information' it was able to confirm Omar's death.

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'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."

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