Published on 25 May 2016
Afghanistan’s Taliban militants have confirmed the death of their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, naming his successor.
The Taliban announced in a statement that Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in southern Pakistan. One of Mansour’s deputies, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has been appointed as the militant group’s new leader. On Saturday, the United States reported that it had killed the former Taliban chief in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The attack prompted an angry reaction from Islamabad. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the raid was in violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. The Taliban militant group has been fighting against the Afghan government for many years. The fighting between the two sides has killed and displaced thousands of Afghans.
Our correspondent in Kabul Fayez Khorshid updates us on the latest developments regarding the Taliban.