Taliban Interior Minister Praises Suicide Attackers And Distributes Gifts To Their Families

October 20, 2021

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On October 18, 2021, Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani met with the families of the organization's operatives who perpetrated suicide attacks. The meeting took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in the presence of hundreds of relatives of the suicide bombers.

During the meeting, Haqqani praised the suicide attackers who he referred to as "heroes." Quotes from his statements, along with photographs of the event, were published on the Twitter account of Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosty.

According to Khosty's Tweet, Haqqani described the suicide bombers as "heroes of Islam and the country," and "heroes of the believing nation." He also emphasized that, "The advent of the Islamic system is the result of the blood of our martyrs," adding, "Now you and I must refrain from betraying the aspirations of our martyrs." Khosty published his tweets in Pashtu and in English translation.

At the conclusion of the event, Haqqani distributed sums of 10,000 Afghan afghanis (about $110), as well as clothing, to the families. He promised that in the future, each family would also receive a plot of land.

The photographs posted by the spokesman show Haqqani embracing several of the relatives of the bombers, but his face is digitally blurred.[1]

Haqqani heads the Haqqani network, which was established by his father, Jalaluddin Haqqani in the 1970s. The network has connections with the Al-Qaeda leadership and was involved in terror attacks perpetrated against the American forces and NATO forces.

Haqqani is wanted by the U.S. for his alleged involvement in the terrorist attack at the Serena Hotel in Kabul in 2008, which claimed the lives of six people, including an American citizen, and also for his alleged involvement in planning attacks against American Forces and members of the Global Coalition against International Terrorism in Afghanistan.[2]



[1] Twitter.com/ SaeedKhosty, October 19, 2021.

[2] Fbi.gov, accessed on October 20, 2021.

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