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Taliban say bombing kills distinguished Afghan cleric in Kabul

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ISLAMABAD — A bombing killed a distinguished Taliban cleric on Thursday at his spiritual middle within the Afghan capital of Kabul, authorities stated, the most recent assault to strike the nation within the yr for the reason that former insurgents seized energy.

Officers recognized the cleric as Rahimullah Haqqani, a reputation that signifies he graduated from Darul Uloom Haqqania in Pakistan, an Islamic college lengthy related to the Taliban.

Bilal Karimi, a deputy Taliban spokesman, acknowledged Haqqani’s loss of life, calling him a “nice character and educational determine.” Karimi stated that Haqqani had been killed by “a brutal assault of the enemy,” with out elaborating.

There was no rapid declare of duty for the killing. Nonetheless, the native affiliate of the Islamic State group has been concentrating on the Taliban and civilians in assaults for the reason that Taliban takeover in Afghanistan final August as U.S. and NATO troops had been within the remaining levels of their withdrawal from the nation.

Following the bombing, Taliban fighters prevented reporters in Kabul from attending to Haqqani’s spiritual middle. Taliban officers additionally didn’t elaborate on what sort of bombing focused the cleric or say if anybody else had been killed or wounded within the assault.

A U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban authorities following the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults. Since regaining energy, the militants additionally face a crippling financial disaster because the worldwide group has frozen funding to the nation.



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