Founder of militant Afghan Haqqani network dies

Reuters . Kabul | Updated at 10:35am on September 04, 2018


Jalaluddin Haqqani. -- AFP file photo

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful and feared groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday.
Haqqani, who founded the network in the 1970s, relinquished operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, now deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban.