Taliban officers say an investigation is beneath means after Rahimullah Haqqani was killed in a bombing at a seminary.
A outstanding Taliban non secular chief, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, has been killed in a bombing assault at a seminary in Kabul, Taliban officers have stated.
“Very sadly knowledgeable that revered cleric [Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani] was martyred in a cowardly assault by enemies,” stated Bilal Karimi, a spokesperson for the Taliban administration, on Thursday.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the blast. The Reuters information company, citing 4 Taliban sources, stated the attacker was somebody who had beforehand misplaced his leg and had hidden the explosives in a plastic synthetic leg.
“We’re investigating who this … individual was and who had introduced him to this necessary place to enter the non-public workplace of Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani. It’s a really large loss for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” stated a senior Taliban official of the inside ministry, referring to the group’s identify for its administration.
Haqqani was a outstanding scholar within the Taliban who had survived earlier assaults, together with a big blast within the northern Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar in 2020 claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group that killed at the very least seven folks.
Many Taliban officers took to social media to specific their condolences.
“You could have fulfilled your duty. Future can’t be prevented, however the Muslim group has been orphaned,” tweeted Mobin Khan, a former spokesman for the Kabul police.
A US-led invasion toppled the Taliban authorities following the September 11, 2001, assaults. Since coming again into energy a 12 months in the past, the Taliban have stated that they’ve restored safety.
Nonetheless, common assaults by armed teams, lots of them claimed by an ISIL affiliate generally known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-Okay), have taken place in current months.
These days, the group has elevated assaults on mosques and minorities throughout Afghanistan. In June, ISKP claimed duty for the assault on a Sikh temple in Kabul, killing two folks.
The ISIL affiliate, which has been working in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the best safety problem dealing with the nation’s Taliban authorities.