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US tags Haqqani leader's brother as global terrorist

  • The US authorities have named Sirajuddin Haqqani, brother of Haqqani Network chief Aziz Haqqani, a "specially designated global terrorist", the State Department said in a statement.

    "For several years, Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan government targets," the State Department said on Tuesday.

    According to the statement, Aziz Haqqani also "assumed responsibility for all major Haqqani Network attacks after the death of his brother, Badruddin Haqqani".

    Aziz already had a $5 million US bounty on his head and the Haqqani faction has long been designated a "terrorist organisation". (Source: IANS)