Haqqani Network

Taliban's No. 2 denies role in Kabul bombing

The Taliban's second in command and head of the militant Haqqani network has denied any involvement in recent deadly attacks in Kabul and western Afghanistan.

In an audio message sent late Sunday by a Taliban spokesman, Sirajuddin Haqqani condemned the suicide truck bombing in Kabul on May 31 that killed at least 150 people, which was followed by more suicide attacks during a funeral and a bombing near a mosque in Herat province.

Afghan security officials have accused the Haqqani network of being behind the attack in Kabul. But Sirajuddin Haqqani insisted that none of the three attacks was planned by the Taliban and that the Taliban do not plan attacks in which civilians are...

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