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Top Haqqani terrorist arrested in Paktika

AT-KABUL: The National Directorate of Security said Sunday that a top leader linked with the Haqqani terrorist network was arrested in southern Paktika province.

In a press statement, the intelligence agency said that its operatives succeed to arrest a leader of Haqqani terrorist network through an operation in Zurmat district.

“The terrorist was identified as Syed Rahman also known as Khyber,” the statement said.

It added that during primary investigation he confesses that he was involved in major terrorist activities including explosions, assassination of government officials, target killing of the tribal elders.

According to statement, the network’s commander was leading a group of at least 20 militants to conduct insurgency activities in the province.

This comes as a top commander of the Haqqani linked terrorist was killed during an operation of the security forces in the province earlier this month.

The Haqqani terrorist network is accused of staging numerous deadly attacks in the country including a coordinated attack on VIP protection unity in Kabul which left at least 74 people dead and over 300 others wounded.

The network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

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