Haqqanis deny killing Rabbani: BBC

October 3rd, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban London, Oct 3 (IANS) The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in an audio response to the BBC has denied its involvement in the killing of ex-Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Afghan officials blamed the network for the suicide attack on Rabbani, who was overseeing the peace talks in the violence-riven country.

Siraj Haqqani, a key leader of the group, told the BBC Pashto service that his network was not linked to Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Haqqani was giving an audio response to written questions from the BBC. The questions were delivered through an intermediary, who returned with the audio response, the broadcaster said Monday.

Siraj Haqqani is the son of group founder Jalaluddin Haqqani and has a key role in its operations. The Haqqanis have been blamed for a series of deadly recent attacks in Kabul.

Rabbani was killed at his home in Kabul Sep 20 when meeting a man who said he was carrying a peace message from the Taliban. The man detonated a bomb hidden in his turban.

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