Afghan Taliban announce new leader to replace Mansour
May 25, Kabul: The Afghan Taliban have announced a new leader to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US air strike in Pakistan recently.
Mansour was killed in a US strike on his car in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Saturday.
Issuing a statement, the Taliban acknowledged Mansour's death for the first time and named his successor as Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada.
Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015, replacing Taliban founder and spiritual head Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada was one of the Afghan Taliban's deputy leaders.
The Taliban said in a statement that Mullah Mohammad Yaqub, son of Mullah Omar, would become a joint deputy head of the movement, alongside current deputy leader Sirajuding Haqqani.
The Oslo Times