Senior Haqqani leader shot dead in Islamabad

Senior Haqqani leader shot dead in Islamabad

A senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, one of the most feared militant groups fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was shot dead on the outskirts of Islamabad, a Pakistani Taliban commander and an intelligence official said Monday.

Nasiruddin Haqqani was gunned down on Sunday night in a residential area of Islamabad called Bhara Kahu, which is only a couple miles from the U.S. Embassy.

The Haqqani network is a key ally of the Afghan Taliban and has pledged allegiance to its leader, Mullah Omar, though it operates fairly independently. Nasiruddin’s presence in the Pakistani capital could raise questions in Washington. U.S. officials have accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of supporting the Haqqani network as a key proxy in the Afghan war — an allegation denied by Islamabad.

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