The Taliban is however yet to confirm the news. The Taliban has neither confirmed nor denied the news. In fact they have not commented on it as yet. According to the BBC, a spokesperson from the Taliban is likely to issue a statement soon on Mullah Omar.
Omar had died three years back:
The BBC states that Mullah Omar had died three years back itself. He was being kept alive only so that the Taliban does not dis-integrate.
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He is the supreme commander and the most flamboyant leader of the Taliban. The Taliban needed to keep his name afloat to ensure that the group did not splinter further.
Recently, the Taliban had put up a bio-data of Mullah Omar and had listed his likes and dislikes. Recently, the Taliban had also issued a statement claiming that Mullah Omar had sent out his wishes on Ramadan.
The death of Mullah Omar would be a major blow to the Taliban. It is already struggling to keep pace with the host of newer terror groups that have emerged.
In fact, all the cadres have been told that Mullah Omar is very much alive and it is just a matter of time before he leads the Taliban. The Taliban had recently launched an offensive and had staged a series of attacks in Afghanistan.
The group is going through difficult times and hence, it was necessary for them to ensure that Mullah Omar was kept alive. The death of Omar could lead to a leadership crisis.