Kabul : Angered by the daylight killing of a senior Haqqani network leader, the Afghan Taliban on Tuesday condemned it, but said his death would not have any impact on the militants’ campaign of violence.
Unidentified gunmen gunned down Nasiruddin Haqqani, eldest son of the group’s founder, as he bought bread on the edge of Islamabad on Sunday evening.
Haqqani was the chief financier of the Haqqani militant network who are affiliated with Afghan Taliban and are the most feared group fighting US-led and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
They have been blamed for spectacular attacks on the Afghan government and NATO targets across Afghanistan, as well as for kidnappings and murders.
“We condemn the cowardly act of the defeated enemy and tell them that these kinds of terrorist actions will not have any negative impact on the current jihadi activities,” the Taliban said in a statement.
“His death is a big loss for Islamic Emirate and all Afghanistan,” it said.
Eyewitnesses described attackers on motorbikes spraying Haqqani with automatic gunfire at a
bakery in Bhara Kahu
on the north-eastern edge of Islamabad.