Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, died more than two years ago, Afghan intelligence officials said Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.
Mullah Omar died in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in April 2013, Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, told the AP. The leader had not been seen in public since 2001, and rumors of his death have been reported occasionally in recent years, the BBC reported.
BREAKING: Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar died more than 2 years ago.
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The Taliban have yet to issue a statement on the leader's death, although two people close to the Taliban told the Wall Street Journal that Mullah Omar had died. He was reportedly born in 1960, according to a biography released in April by the Taliban, and so he would have been 52 or 53 years old at the time of his death.