The Taliban praised suicide bombers who died during the war against the previous government and its Western allies, and offered their families sums of cash and promises of land, the movement’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, a member of the Taliban considered the “acting interior minister” and who has a US $ 10 million bounty on his head as a “specially designated global terrorist”, met with families at a ceremony at the Hotel Kabul Intercontinental, which was itself a target of suicide bombers in 2018.
Official photos from Tuesday’s meeting darkened his face.
“In his speech, the minister praised the Jihad and the sacrifices of the martyrs and mujahideen and called them heroes of Islam and the country,” the Taliban’s “acting ministry” said in a statement on Twitter.
The families of the suicide bombers were given clothes, 10,000 Afghans ($ 111) and were promised plots of land, spokesman Qari Sayeed Khosti said.
Haqqani replaced his father Jalaluddin Haqqani as head of the Haqqani network, a terrorist group affiliated with the Taliban that Western intelligence services blamed for some of the bloodiest suicide attacks of the war.
He is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for questioning in connection with an attack on another hotel in Kabul in 2008 in which six people, including a US citizen, were killed.
Following the Taliban’s victory over the collapsed Western-backed government in August, ISIS terrorists carried out a series of suicide bombings against mosques and other targets, killing hundreds of civilians.
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