A day after the terror attack in Kabul, that killed nearly at least 80 people and injured many others, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree ordering the execution of 11 Haqqani Network and Taliban prisoners, ANI reported. The Haqqani Network is believed to be behind the Kabul blast. India Today reported Afghanistan’s Tolo News quoting the Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security claiming that the attack had been carried out by the Haqqani network, with the help of Pakistan’s International Sevices Intelligence (ISI).
For the uninitiated, the Haqqani network is an Afghanistani terrorist outfit, with its primary base in Pakistan’s Waziristan and is known to have carried out several high-profile attacks on the security forces of the United States of America, Afghani officials and foreigners in Afghanistan. According to India Today, the Haqqani network has links with the Taliban and is known to consider the United States as a major threat to the stability of Afghanistan. According to the said report, some of the biggest attacks by the network include the assassination attempt on former President Hamid Karzai in April 2008, the CIA’s Camp Chapman attack, that killed 7 US agents in December 2009, a truck explosion in Wardak province killing 5 Afghans and injuring 77 US soldiers on September 10, 2011 and another plot to assassinate Hamid Karzai in October 2011.
Afghanistan Prez orders execution of 11 Haqqani & Taliban prisoners after sources say the network was behind Kabul blast which killed 80 pic.twitter.com/dm3sbBGGEq
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Earlier, it was reported that the death toll in the terror attack had risen to 90, while 400 people had been left injued. ANI reported that although the target of the attack was still unknown, Islamial Kawasi, the Public Health Ministry spokesperson told the media that most of the casualties have been civilians, inlcluding womena and children. Germany’s Foreign Minister Signmar Gabriel informed reporters that a few officials of the German embassy had also been injured in the blast, while an Afghan security guard had lost his life.