23 May 2011 VOA News The Afghan Taliban is denying reports that its leader Mullah Omar has been killed in neighboring Pakistan.
The insurgent group rejected the reports Monday as propaganda and said Omar is alive and directing operations in Afghanistan.
The Afghan news channel Tolo had reported that the Taliban leader has been killed by members of Pakistan's spy agency, while being moved from the Pakistani city of Quetta to North Waziristan with the help of former Pakistani intelligence chief, Hamid Gul. Gul told new agencies Monday that the story was false.
A spokesman for the Afghan intelligence agency , Latifullah Mashal, told reporters Monday that Omar had been living in Quetta,
The one-eyed Afghan Taliban leader has a $10 million bounty on his head.
The insurgent group has stepped up attacks in Afghanistan as part of its spring offensive.
Elsewhere in the east, Afghan officials say a suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 14 others in Laghman province Monday.