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Sirajuddin Haqqani among possible successors of Mullah Mansoor

HaqqaniKABUL: The top Taliban leaders have reportedly met on Sunday in the framework of their leadership council to discuss successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor who was killed in an airstrike on Saturday.

The leadership council discussed regarding various possible successors, including the notorious guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, Taliban sources told Reuters.

Sirajuddin Haqqani is the leader of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network and he reportedly played a key role in resolving the Taliban leadership issues following the confirmation of Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.

He has a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head and would likely prove an even more implacable foe of Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies.

According to the sources, Taliban were also considering Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, a potential unifier because of his father’s name.

Former Guantanamo detainee Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir and Mullah Sherin were also cited, the sources said.

Mullah Mansoor was killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces in Balochistan province of Pakistan as he was travelling in a vehicle.

The Afghan government and security institutions as well as the US President Barack Obama confirmed Mullah Mansoor’s death on Sunday.

However, the Taliban group has not officially confirmed Mullah Mansoor’s death so far. -KP


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