Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour

Posted on:25 May 2016 09:47:17

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour
25 May 2016 Current Affairs: Senior Afghan Taliban sources  confirmed the death of their chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike, adding that a council is underway to decide his successor.

Mansour's death was confirmed by two other senior figures, who said the group's top leaders were gathering in southwest Pakistan to name their future chief.

Mullah Zakir, Mullah Shireen and Siraj Haqqani are strong candidates.

Another Taliban source confirmed Haqqani, leader of the feared Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network and one of Mansour's deputies, was a frontrunner, adding that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was also in contention.


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