World Bulletin/News Desk
The Afghan Taliban condemned on Tuesday the killing of Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the feared Haqqani Network and a member of Taliban leadership council.
"We have received the sad news that Nasiruddin Haqqani, the member of the leadership council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, was martyred in a cowardly terrorist attack," the group said in a statement obtained by Anadolu Agency.
"We strongly condemn the cowered attack of the defeated enemy," said the group, without naming such enemy.
The Taliban did not clarify where, when and how he was killed.
Nasiruddin was reportedly gunned down on Sunday night by unknown assailants in Barakahu, a suburban locality of Islamabad.
He is the younger half-brother of Sirajuddin, current chief of the Haqqani Network.
"The Islamic Emirate expresses their condolence to his father Jalaluddin Haqqani, the member of leadership council of Islamic Emirate, his brothers, family and all the mujahedin," said the statement.
The Haqqani Network is currently fighting US-led NATO and Afghan government forces. It is widely seen as the most formidable component of the Taliban movement.
Nasiruddin was a main fundraiser and spokesman for the network.
He was blacklisted by the US and was considered one of the most wanted Taliban figures.
The Taliban claimed the killing of Nasiruddin will not have any negative impact on the group but would rather help recruit "hundreds more fighters."
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by the US-led forces following the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington.
US-led foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from the country by the end of 2014.Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2013, 15:53