Fi­nancier of Haqqani mil­i­tants gunned down near Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD | Gun­men killed a se­nior leader of one of the most feared al Qaeda-linked mil­i­tant groups fight­ing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a Pak­istani Tal­iban com­man­der and an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial said Mon­day.

Nasirud­din Haqqani, a key fi­nancier of the Haqqani Net­work, was gunned down Sun­day by men on a mo­tor­cy­cle on the out­skirts of Islamabad, a few miles from the U.S. Em­bassy.

The Haqqani Net­work is a key ally of the Afghan Tal­iban, but it op­er­ates in­de­pen­dently.

Nasirud­din Haqqani’s pres­ence in the Pak­istani cap­i­tal could raise ques­tions in Wash­ing­ton. U.S. of­fi­cials have ac­cused Pak­istan’s in­tel­li­gence agency of sup­port­ing the Haqqani Net­work as a proxy in the Afghanistan War — an al­le­ga­tion de­nied by Islamabad.

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