Replacement of Killed Leader: Taliban to Replace Killed Leader Within 3 Days

Replacement of Killed Leader: Taliban to Replace Killed Leader Within 3 Days
Tue May 24, 2016 13:01:05

Afghanistan’s Taliban group may pick the successor to its killed leader within three days, Pakistani television reported Tuesday.

Without disclosing details about its time or whereabouts, the Urdu-language Dunya News broadcaster said the Taliban had convened the "Shura" council. The channel added that there were many contenders for Taliban leadership to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

Mansour was elected at a previous "Shura" near the western city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan region, in mid-2015 after Taliban eventually acknowledged his predecessor’s death in 2013.

Quetta and the wider region are suspected of being the hub of the Taliban council’s activities.

Mansour was killed in a US drone strike near the Afghan border in Balochistan on Saturday, officials confirmed.

Despite his death heralded as a significant milestone in defeating the group, experts told media on Monday that the "multi-headed monster" insurgent movement would suffer only a temporary setback, Sputnik reported.


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