Taliban says founder of militant Afghan Haqqani network dies - global

The Haqqani network founder in Pakistan in 2001

The Haqqani network founder in Pakistan in 2001

After years of rumors about the whereabouts of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani terror network, the Taliban in Afghanistan announced his death Tuesday.

Jalaluddin "was from among the great distinguished extremist personalities of this era", the Taliban said in the English version of its statement posted on Twitter.

In 2015, sources close to the group told the BBC that the leader had died at least a year earlier.

The group is the bone of contention between Pakistan and the USA as the latter accuse that Haqqani militants were still using Pakistani soil to launch attacks - a charge denied by Pakistan.

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The groups is now based in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

Soviet troops occupied the cities and first arteries of communication, whereas the mujahideen waged guerrilla war in shrimp groups working within the almost eighty % of the country that used to be exterior government and Soviet help watch over Afghan insurgents began to gain huge portions of abet and protection force training paid for primarily by the USA and Arab monarchies within the Persian Gulf.

The attack on Indian embassy was thought to have been masterminded by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The terrorist outfit has also been blamed for plotting attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that killed 58 people.

Haqqani was a close friend of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who often took refuge in his camps outside Khost. He was appointed as minister in the Taliban government that ruled Afghanistan in 1990s.

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The network has been blamed by Afghan and USA security officials for some of the most devastating suicide attacks of the past decade - and in fact it was the group who introduced suicide bombing to Afghanistan.

Zahid Hussain, an Islamabad-based security analyst, said that his death won't change the Haqqani Network's policies. Haqqani was the founder of a militant Afghan group that has been blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan recently.

He has, reportedly, been buried in Afghanistan at an unknown place.

Considering that the senior Haqqani had stepped aside some years ago and was not anymore involved in Haqqani Network's day-to-day operations, his death is less likely to have any impact on the group's activities.

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There had been rumours of his death before, though this is the first time the Taliban and his family have confirmed it.

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