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Founder of Haqqani network dies; Taliban says

AT-KABUL: Taliban confirmed on Tuesday that Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder and leader of one of the deadliest and most feared terrorist groups, Haqqani militant network, has died after a long illness.

Taliban in a statement said Jalaluddin Haqqani who has been suffering from an illness died at the age of 79; Taliban didn’t disclose where and when he passed away, though. Haqqani’s son has been leading the notorious militant network during the period of his illness.

Ex-intelligence chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, wrote on his twitter that the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani will not have any effect on the devious activities of the Haqqani network. He said Pakistan and ISI had already trained his successors to take over the ruthless campaign of terror. His siblings including Saraj Haqqani, Ibrahim Haqqani, Khalil Haqqani, Hamza Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani, Aziz, Anas, Zabihullah, Ahmad Haqqani will likely assume the leadership of the terrorist network, he said.

Nabil said that while Haqqani died earlier, perhaps the disclosure of his death at this point is directly linked to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit of Islamabad.

Afghan government has long held Haqqani network responsible for many terrorist attacks in urban areas particularly in Kabul and urged Islamabad to take action against the group.

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