Taliban announces new leader

10:40, 25 May 2016
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Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada has been named the new Afghan Taliban leader following the death of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a Taliban spokesman said in a statement, according to CNN.


"The Islamic Emirate's leadership council... decided to appoint Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada as the new leader of the Islamic Emirate and Mawlawi Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob as his deputies," the statement reads, CNN reported.

The same statement confirmed the death of the previous leader, who was killed in Pakistan's Balochistan province Saturday.

As UNIAN reported earlier citing BBC, Afghanistan's spy agency has confirmed that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been killed, after the U.S. targeted him in a drone strike.

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