Senior Haqqani leader captured in Paktia
KABUL (PAN): A senior Haqqani network leader in Afghanistan was captured during a security operation in the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province on Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced.
Haji Mali Khan, uncle of Sirajuddin Haqqani, was one of the highest-ranking members of the group, the NATO-led force said, blaming the detainee for managing militant bases and supervising their operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"Khan moved forces from Pakistan to Afghanistan to conduct terrorist activity. Jalaluddin Haqqani consistently placed Khan in positions of high importance," a statement from the force said.
Having served as an emissary between Baitullah Mahsud and senior Haqqani leaders, Khan established a rebel camp in Mangal tribal lands, coordinated the transfer of money for insurgents and facilitated acquisition of supplies.
Before he was killed last year, Mahsud was the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leader who provided foreign fighters, including Uzbeks, to the Taliban and Haqqanis. He led 20,000 rebels and organised attacks against Pakistani and Afghan targets.
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