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Afghanistan arrests two top Haqqani Network leaders

KABUL: Anas Haqqani is the big catch, who is said to be the brother of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the operational chief of the notorious Haqqani terror network.

Security forces have arrested two top Haqqani terrorist network leaders in a “complex” operation in Afghanistan, Afghan intelligence official said Wednesday.

“The intelligence service directorate personnel have arrested Anas Haqqani, the second most important leader of the Haqqani terror network in Afghanistan and Hafiz Rashid, the regional military commander of the network in eastern Afghanistan, during a special and complex operation on Tuesday night,” Afghan intelligence service department spokesman Abdul Hasseb Sediqi told Anadolu Agency.

Anas Haqqani is the big catch, who is said to be the brother of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the operational chief of the notorious Haqqani network, Sediqi said.

Anas Haqqani is considered a key and an influential member of the network. He is alleged to have been involved in major terrorist operations in Afghanistan apart from being in the top decision-making council of the network.

According to Sediqi, the second catch, Hafiz Rashid, was an Afghan citizen from eastern Khost province, who allegedly lived in Pakistan’s Punjab province until recently. Rashid is alleged to be a senior military commander of the network responsible for operations in eastern Afghanistan. He too is accused of being involved in major terror attacks, including coordinating militant operations on Afghan and international security forces.

The spokesperson declined to disclose the exact area from where the arrests were made.

On the same day when these two arrests are said to have been made, a US drone strike was also reported that killed an alleged prominent Haqqani network commander and four of his companions in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The Haqqani terror network is said to be based on the border tribal region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is said to have close links with al Qaeda and Taliban militants.