Afghan Cleric Rahimullah Haqqani Killed By Suicide Bomber With Explosives Hidden In Plastic Leg

A well-known Afghan cleric and Taliban supporter who pushed for female education in Afghanistan has been killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul who had hidden explosives inside an artificial plastic limb.

Cleric Rahimullah Haqqani has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul
Cleric Rahimullah Haqqani has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul

Taliban sources spoke to Reuters and said that Sheikh Haqqani had been targeted by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives he had hidden inside an artificial leg.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it happened inside his office, the group had previously attempted to target the cleric with two previous assassination attempts.

Local reports said that the attack happened at an Islamic seminary in Kabul.

Sheikh Haqqani was a prominent critic of the jihadist militant group Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-K), an affiliate of the Islamic State that operates in Afghanistan and opposes the Taliban.

Rahimullah Haqqani is one of the most influential and highest profile figures to have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power.

A senior Taliban official told Reuters that "It's a very huge loss for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan", the source also added that authorities were investigating who was behind the attack.

The cleric had previously issued a fatwa, or religious decree, in support of women being allowed to receive education in the country.

In an interview with the BBC earlier this year, Sheik Haqqani, said: "There is no justification in the sharia law to say female education is not allowed. No justification at all.

"All the religious books have stated female education is permissible and obligatory, because, for example, if a woman gets sick, in an Islamic environment like Afghanistan or Pakistan, and needs treatment, it's much better if she's treated by a female doctor."

Despite his words, the Taliban have recently ordered that almost all girls' secondary schools remain closed.

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