Kabul: Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), has said that a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander had sold a suicide bomber to the Haqqani network to attack a local commander.
The NDS said that the bomber, Sher Hassan, was a Pakistani national and was detained by their agents in Jaji Maidan district of Afghanistan’s Paktia province before he could carry out his mission.
“The detained man added that a commander under TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud sells suicide bombers at six to eight million rupees to the Haqqani network for suicide missions,” The Express Tribune quoted a NDS statement, as saying.
The TTP is blamed for many suicide bombings across Pakistan, while the Haqqani network, led by Jalaluddin Haqqani, is closely allied with the Taliban and al Qaeda, and is the architect of several high-profile attacks in Afghanistan.
The network is also seen as one of the biggest threats to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan.