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Haqqani leader killed in Islamabad

Islamabad, Nov 12 (): The chief financier of the Haqqani militant network has been shot dead in the Pakistani capital, the Taliban said Monday.

Naseeruddin Haqqani, who was one of the most senior leaders of the Haqqani militant network was reportedly shot dead on Sunday at Barakahu on the outskirts of Islamabad. While the police did not comment on the incident, news reports said he was shot dead by gunmen while returning home from a mosque in a car in Barakahu area late Sunday night.

But, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has confirmed the death of Naseeruddin and they also have said his funeral took place at Miramshah in North Waziristan on Monday afternoon.

Afghanistan’s NDS spy agency also confirmed the death of Haqqani but blamed the incident as an “internal conflict”. It did not give further details.

Police sources said there was no information on who was behind the attack. It was also not clear what Nasiruddin was doing in the area and how his body was taken to Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency Sunday for burial.

Nasiruddin was in his early 30s and was the chief financier of the group and the son of its founder Jalaluddin Haqqani. He has been killed ten days after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

The Haqqani network is said to be the most dangerous Taliban group in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network was started by Nasirudddin’s father Jalaluddin Haqqani, a disciplined Afghan guerilla leader funded by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He is now based with his family in Pakistan.

Reports say the Haqqanis were responsible for some of the most high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including a 2011 siege of the US embassy and in 2009, the deadliest attack on the CIA in 25 years.