A spokesman for the Afghan government says it is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader of the Afghan Taliban, may be dead. Mana Rabiee reports.
He's one of the most-wanted men in the world and now the Afghan government is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader leader of the Afghan Taliban, may be dead. That's according to a spokesman for the office of the Afghan president. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAYED ZAFAR HASHEMI, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN, SAYING: "We're aware of the reports about (the) passing away of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. We're still in the process of assessing those reports and as soon as we get any -- more --accurate information or authentication of those reports, we're gonna let the media and the people of Afghanistan know about it." Omar hasn't been seen in public since 2001. This week, Afghan and Pakistani media reports said he died about two years ago. Reports in 2011 also said Omar was killed while traveling in Pakistan. In Kabul, where Omar once wielded enormous influence, this latest report has revived speculation over the Taliban's status. And it's prompted suggestions that Omar's son may be preparing to take over the Islamist insurgency -- which has been fighting Afghanistan's foreign-backed government. Still, the government says while it's investigating, it can't substantiate the latest rumors of Omar's death.