On Thursday, the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack on a seminary in Kabul that killed a prominent Taliban cleric Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, according to the group’s channel on telegram.
Taliban sources say the religious leader was targeted by a man who detonated explosives hidden in an artificial plastic limb.
According to local reports, the attack took place at an Islamic seminary in the Afghan capital.
Sheikh Haqqani was a supporter of Afghanistan’s Taliban government and a prominent critic of the jihadist militant group Islamic State Kohrasan Province (IS-K), a regional affiliate of IS that operates in Afghanistan and opposes the Taliban’s rule.
He is one of the highest profile figures to have been killed in the country since the Taliban returned to power last year.
“It’s a very huge loss for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” a senior Taliban official told Reuters news agency, adding that authorities were investigating who was behind the attack.