A outstanding Afghan cleric aligned with the Taliban was killed in a suicide bombing in a seminary in Kabul when the attacker detonated explosives hidden in a synthetic leg on Thursday, officers and Taliban sources stated.
“Very sadly knowledgeable that revered cleric (Haqqani) was martyred in a cowardly assault by enemies,” stated Bilal Karimi, a spokesperson for the Taliban administration.
4 Taliban sources instructed Reuters the attacker was somebody who had beforehand misplaced his leg and had hidden the bomb in his prosthetic limb.
“We’re investigating who this … particular person was and who had introduced him to this vital place to enter the private workplace of Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani. It’s a really enormous loss for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” stated one senior Taliban official of the inside ministry, referring to the group’s identify for its administration.
Haqqani was a outstanding cleric within the Taliban who supported giving girls and ladies entry to schooling, which has been a contentious concern in Afghanistan.
“There isn’t any justification within the sharia (regulation)to say feminine schooling isn’t allowed,” he stated in an interview with the BBC earlier this 12 months. “No justification in any respect.”
Haqqani defined: “All of the spiritual books have said feminine schooling is permissible and compulsory, as a result of, for instance, if a girl will get sick, in an Islamic surroundings like Afghanistan or Pakistan, and desires therapy, it’s a lot better if she’s handled by a feminine physician.”
He had survived two earlier assaults, together with a big blast within the northern Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar in 2020 claimed by ISIS that killed not less than seven individuals.
The Taliban say they’ve restored safety since they took over as international forces withdrew nearly a 12 months in the past. Nonetheless, common assaults, lots of them claimed by ISIS militants, have taken place in current months, typically concentrating on spiritual and ethnic minorities in addition to Taliban leaders.
With Publish wires