New Delhi: A prominent Taliban leader, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in an attack in Kabul on Thursday, according to an intelligence official, news agency Reuters reported.
According to the report, Abdul Rahman, the head of intelligence for the district in the Afghan capital, where the blast took place, confirmed the death.
According to the news agency, four Taliban sources said that the attack had taken place in a religious seminary in the Afghan capital, when a man, who had previously lost his leg, had detonated explosives hidden in a plastic artificial leg.
According to the sources, it is yet to be ascertained who was behind the blast. They added that the matter is being investigated.
This comes just a few days after the US killed the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
According to reports, Zawahiri was killed in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the CIA in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday.
It is to be noted that Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden had plotted the 9/11 attacks together, and he was one of America’s most wanted terrorists.
US President Joe Biden said that al-Zawahiri had “carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens”.
“From hiding, he co-ordinated al-Qaeda’s branches and all around the world, including setting priorities for providing operational guidance and calling for and inspired attacks against US targets,” BBC quoted the president as saying in a live television address from the White House.
“Now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden added.
The US President said that the al-Qaeda leader’s killing will bring closure to the families of nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terror attacks, in which hijackers crashed passenger jets into landmark buildings in New York and Washington – including two skyscrapers in Manhattan.