Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, a prominent Taliban figure, was killed in a suicide attack on a seminary in Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Thursday when the attacker blew explosives placed in a prosthetic leg, according to Taliban authorities and sources.
Taliban’s deputy spokesperson, Bilal Karimi, confirmed the veracity of the incident and stated that the explosion happened in the Shash Darak area of Kabul’s Police District 2 “martyred” Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani.
According to four Taliban sources, the assailant had previously lost a leg and had stashed the explosives in a plastic prosthetic leg, Reuters reported.
He had previously been a target of the Islamic State (IS) group, albeit it is now unclear who killed him as no group has claimed responsibility.
Sheikh Haqqani was a steadfast opponent of the Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-K), and a supporter of the Taliban administration.
He was among the Taliban officials who supported the education of women and girls, in a BBC interview, he stated that no rationale in Sharia law prohibits female education.
Since taking control when international forces began to withdraw almost a year ago, the Taliban claim to have restored security.
However, there have been frequent attacks in recent months, many of which have been claimed by Islamic State.