2 Haqqani leaders arrested by Afghan intelligence

AP , Thursday 16 Oct 2014

A photo provided by Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), Anis Haqqani, a senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network Oct. 15, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Officials say two senior leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network have been arrested by the Afghan intelligence service in eastern Khost province.

The National Directorate of Security said in a statement Thursday that Anis Haqqani, a brother of the network's leader, and Hafiz Rashid, a senior commander of the network, were arrested in a special operation on Tuesday. It did not provide further details.

The statement said Anis Haqqani was an expert in computers and use of propaganda through social networks. He allegedly played a key role in the group's strategic decisions as a deputy to his brother, network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.

The Pakistan-based militant group, which has ties to al-Qaeda as well as the Taliban, has carried out numerous attacks against both domestic and foreign security forces in Afghanistan.

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