Afghanistan: Taliban cleric and brother killed in suicide bombing

Afghanistan: Taliban cleric and brother killed in suicide bombing

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The attack was claimed by the Islamic State, which claims to have committed several acts of violence in Afghanistan since the return to power of the Taliban a year ago.

A senior Taliban cleric, known for his fiery speeches against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), and one of his brothers were killed Thursday in Kabul in a suicide attack, claimed in the evening by the ;EI.

Rahimullah Haqqani, who had recently spoken publicly in favor of allowing schooling for girls in Afghanistan, had survived at least two previous assassination attempts, including one in Pakistan in October 2020.

Sheikh Rahimullah's madrasa was targeted today and as a result he and one of his brothers were martyred, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said. adding that three other people were injured in the blast.

He had earlier said that only Haqqani was killed and four other people were injured.

Government spokesman Bilal Karimi confirmed his death in an attack by a cowardly enemy, but gave no further details.

In a statement quoted by the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization specializing in monitoring Islamist websites, the IS group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

The suicide bomber managed to break into the office of one of the Taliban's most prominent supporters and one of the biggest incitement to fight members of the Taliban. Islamic State, before detonating its explosive vest, is it written.

According to Taliban sources, although he held no official position, Rahimullah Haqqani was an influential figure who had taught many members of the group over the years.

Dozens of Taliban members and officials expressed their condolences on social media.

You have discharged your responsibilities. Fate cannot be prevented, but the Muslim community has been orphaned, tweeted Mobin Khan, a former Kabul police spokesman.

The cleric was known for his speeches rage against the jihadist group Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Afghanistan since the return to power of the Taliban a year ago.

In recent months, Rahimullah Haqqani had also supported girls's right to go to school.

There is no justification in Shariah to say that women's education is not allowed, no justification at all, he told the BBC in an interview in May.

Since taking power, the Taliban imposed severe restrictions on girls and women in order to submit them to their fundamentalist conception of Islam.

In particular, they closed secondary schools in March for girls in many regions, just after their long-announced reopening.

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