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Website Claiming Omar Death Wrong, Spokesman Says

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(Corrects headline and first and second paragraphs to reflect Taliban spokesman’s comment that the text message and website posting were erroneous.)

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- A posting on a website claiming to represent the Taliban that Mullah Omar, the leader and founder of the group, had died was erroneous, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Mujahid also said that a text message purportedly coming from him also saying that the leader had passed away was wrong, and was the result of a hacking. The website had said Omar died on July 15 of a heart illness.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net

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