Financier of Haqqani militants gunned down near Islamabad
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.